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The Seeds of the Imagination: Colin Kaepernick’s Gift

  In his response to his friend Fredric Jameson’s essay “American Utopia,” Slavoj Žižek makes a case for what is all too often lost in the uproar and turmoil caused by a historical event. What is forgotten, Žižek argues, are those “seeds of the imagination” that first created the conditions that made the event possible; [...]

Review: Bird-Monk Seding

review by Danyela Demir Lesego Rampolokeng, Bird-Monk Seding (Deep South, Grahamstown, 2017) 192pp.   Much of Lesego Rampolokeng’s thirteenth, and most recent book, Bird-Monk Seding, focuses on the quotidian lives of the inhabitants in a small township in the Groot Marico area called Seding. As the narrator of the novel, Bavino Sekete, explains Seding is: [...]

The Poets of the Black Consciousness Era

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve Biko, leader of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. Mwelela Cele looks at the role this movement played in shaping South Africa’s literary history. It all began with the Sharpeville massacre of 21 March 1960 when white police gunned down unarmed black demonstrators: [...]

Race, Necropolitics, and the Rhino

  On the 14th of January last year, the Kruger National Park (KNP) issued a press release to communicate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two suspected rhino poachers in the Napi section of the park the previous day. At least two sets of tourists had spotted “a suspicious man” with a rifle; park authorities [...]