In the Crucible: A Situation of Change for South African Literature

  • Adam Small


Heraclitus tells us that everything is always changing, that the world is continually in flux. Says Bertrand Russell: ‘The metaphysics of Heraclitus are sufficiently dynamic to satisfy the most hustling of moderns.’ In a Heraclitic world ‘perpetual change was to be expected’.1


African Language African Literature Cultural Colonialism Great Poet Indigenous Work 
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© South African Institute of Race Relations 1979

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