Department of English

Memory and Mourning after Apartheid: Contemporary South African Writing 2017/2018 (7.5 credits)

Spring 2018 weeks 13-22 (late March - early June) - 50 % - Campus

Application Deadline: 2017-10-16

Enrolment Code: UU-05036 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: All qualified applicants will be admitted.

Entry Requirements: English C or 90 credits in a language subject or in comparative literature.


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Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12500

About the course:

Apartheid rule came to an end in South Africa when the nation held its first democratic vote in 1994. What followed was not a straightforward time of celebration of the end of this system of racist government, but a time of intense mourning and melancholy that shaped the national imaginary and the literary output of the nation. Literature came to play an important role in bearing witness to the traumas suffered under the apartheid government. It was also the site of a cathartic and melancholic working through of those traumas.

This course traces the work of memory and mourning in key South African texts of the post-apartheid era.

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Department of English

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Box 527, 751 20 Uppsala

Telephone: 018-471 1245 018-471 1247

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