White on Black in South Africa

A Study of English-Language Inscriptions of Skin Colour

  • Michael Wade

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 1-21
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    Pages 22-53
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    Pages 54-83
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    Pages 107-129
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    Pages 130-148
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    Pages 149-153
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 154-175

About this book


The English-speaking whites of South Africa participate in the larger culture of the English-speaking world while rejecting its unspoken consensual positions on many basic issues. This study analyses texts of different kinds produced by the group to examine the way these deviant English-speakers see themselves, and particularly how this self-image is influenced by the presence of the blacks who constitute a crucial part of their perceptual field. Economically powerful but politically marginal for many years, the English-speaking whites have always been mediators of their community's experience to the world culture of the English language; the study shows how the act of mediation operates in more than one direction, producing a literary tradition that is essentially - and perhaps surprisingly - dissident.


Africa color culture English English language experience history history of literature inscriptions knowledge media novel social history tradition

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Wade
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of African Studies and Department of EnglishHebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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