Invitation | Book Launch | Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa by David Johnson | 4pm November 10

Wednesday, 11 November, 2020 - 15:30

WISER invites you to join us for the launch of Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa : Literature between Critique and Utopia by David Johnson, published in South Africa by UCT Press.

The author will be in discussion with Isabel Hofmeyr, Noor Nieftagodien and Keith Breckenridge.

November 10 at 4pm (SA Time) :  Register here

Dreaming CoverAssembles for the first time the many different texts imagining the
future after the end of apartheid
•  Explores the history of how the future in South Africa after the end of apartheid was imagined
•  Provides the first literary-cultural history of South African speculative fiction
•  Studies the literary-political cultures of the five major traditions of South African anti-colonial/
anti-segregationist/ anti-apartheid thought
Focusing on well-known and obscure literary texts from the 1880s to the 1970s, as well as the many manifestos and programmes setting out visions of the future, this book charts the dreams of freedom of five major traditions of anti-colonial and anti-apartheid resistance: the African National Congress, the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union, the Communist Party of South
Africa, the Non-European Unity Movement and the Pan-Africanist Congress. More than an exercise in historical excavation, Dreaming of Freedom in South Africa raises challenging questions for the post-apartheid present.

The book is available for purchase from