Special issue of Journal of Literary Studies centred on the oeuvre of Mongane Wally Serote 31 July 2013.

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Journal of Literary Studies (University of South Africa)
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raditsi@unisa.ac.za

Mongane Wally Serote has been writing South Africa since his earliest collection of short poems Yakhal’inkomo in 1972. He is easily the most recognised name in South African letters. As a recipient of the Golden Wreath Award for a life devoted to poetry, he became one of only two recipients of this prize from the African continent after Leopold Senghor of Senegal. Previous winners include Pablo Neruda, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney.

Over the many years of his contributions, critical perspectives have been scattered and not really focused. Now, with the publication of Revelations (2010) and Rumours (2013), new perspectives on his works are emerging and it is the aim of this call for papers to collate in a handy issue criticism devoted to his works.

Papers will be considered which focus mainly on the following areas. Contributors are however urged to choose any area of interest that they wish to write on.

 A detailed engagement with individual texts
 The philosophical imperatives of Serote’s works
 Analyses of the reception of his work in South Africa and elsewhere
 The explorations of myth and/or history in his poetry
 Critical, aesthetic, ethical and political dimensions of Serote’s literary works
 Assessments of his literary works and contribution to South African Literature

Contributions are therefore invited for the special issue on the ‘Birds in Flight’. Envisaged articles should not exceed 5000 words.

Please submit a proposal of no more than 250 words, together with a short CV by July 31st, and completed papers by October 30th 2013 to Prof. Tlhalo S Raditlhalo, Dept of English Studies, University of South Africa. raditsi@unisa.ac.za

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