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Browsing Poetry from an Indigenous Perspective by Subject "Poetry -- Black authors."
The literature produced by writers who align themselves with national liberation and
resistance movements presents a serious challenge to dominant standards of literary .
aesthetics. Resistance writing aims to break down the assumed division between art and
politics. and in this view literature becomes an arena of conflict and struggle.
This dissertation examines certain aspects of the poetry of Mongane Wally Serote in
order to explore the relationship between aesthetics and resistance in his writing. Over
the last two decades, Serote has made a significant contribution to the development of
South African literature, and his work has important implications for literary criticism in
Chapter 1 looks at some of these implications by discussing the concept of resistance
literature and the main issues arising from the debates and polemics surrounding the
work of Serote and other black political writers. Perhaps the most important here is the
need to construct a critical approach to South African resistance literature that can come
to terms with both its aesthetic qualities and political effects. This kind of approach
would in some way attempt to integrate the seemingly incompatible critical practices of
idealism and materialism.
Accordingly, Chapter 2 is a materialist approach to aspects of Serote's early poetry.
The critical model used is a simplified version of the interpretive schema set out by
Fredric Jameson in The Political Unconscious. This model enables a discussion of the
poetry in relation to ideology, and also suggests ways of examining the discursive
strategies and symbolic processes in this particular phase of Serote's development.
Serote's later work is 'characterised by the attempt to create a unifying mythology of
resistance. Chapter 3 thus looks at Serote's long poems from an idealist perspective that
is based on the principles of myth-criticism, As this is a complex area, this chapter
merely sketches the main features of Serote' s use of myth as a form of resistance, and
then suggests further avenues of exploration along these lines. The dissertation
concludes by pointing towards some of the implications of recent political
developments in South Africa for Serote and other resistance writers.