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As instances of evoking the particular sensibilities to the modernisms of the peripheries, where whole layers of the past are preserved within the present, I will brieﬂy refer to two recent novels by South African writers: Zakes Mda’s Heart of Redness34 and Zoe Wicomb’s David’s Story,35 both The presence of the past 21 of which attend to the continuing psychic eﬀects of the ‘primal displacement of the older forms of collective life from a land now seized and privatized’ ( Jameson), and without romanticizing the ways of the ancestors.
Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism (1955); trans. J. Pinkham, New York and London: Monthly Review Press, 1972, pp. 22, 31. 21 F. Fanon, ‘Racism and Culture’, in Toward the African Revolution, New York: Grove Press, 1967, and Unity and Struggle, London: Hutchinson, 1980. A. ) Indigenous Knowledge and the Integration of Knowledge Systems: Towards a Philosophy of Articulation, Claremont, South Africa: New Africa Books, 2002. , 23–38, p. 23. This recuperation does not vindicate the practice of some prominent South African politicians in oﬃce who insist on the eﬃcacy of patently ineﬀectual traditional remedies in the treatment of Aids and other diseases.
The Lava of this Land: South African Poetry 1960–1996, Chicago: TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press/UNESCO, 1997. Motsapi is also anthologized in A. ) Ten South African Poets, Manchester: Carcanet Press, 1999. Many other South African poets critically engage with post-apartheid politics, economics and society. They include the late Tatamkhulu Afrika, Vonani Bila, the Botsotso Jesters, Angiﬁ Dladla, Peter Horn, Jeremy Cronin, Thwadi Komane, Mzi Mahola, Joan Metelerkamp, Mxolisi Nyezwa, Karen Press, Kelwyn Sole, and Phedi Tlhobolo.