The English Department | 26 April

Friday, 26 April, 2019 - 10:00
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This short symposium will consider past lives and current formations of literary study in South Africa. It will open a discussion about how this discipline has shaped itself, or been shaped by, divergent political, intellectual and aesthetic forces,  over the last fifty years and how it could be re-animated in the present. We will consider longstanding interventions in relation to curriculum change and canon reformation, newly confronted by demands for a different kind of university and epistemology. The symposium  will also consider the performative aspects of “the English department” within a wider economy of humanities scholarship, often convened by, but distinct from, “English” (media studies, cultural studies, translation studies, African languages and others). All of this will lead us to ask: what does—and could—a twenty-first century literary studies in South Africa today look like?