© 1993

White on Black in South Africa

A Study of English-Language Inscriptions of Skin Colour


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Michael Wade
    Pages 1-21
  3. Michael Wade
    Pages 22-53
  4. Michael Wade
    Pages 54-83
  5. Michael Wade
    Pages 107-129
  6. Michael Wade
    Pages 130-148
  7. Michael Wade
    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

  1. 1.Department of African Studies and Department of EnglishHebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

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