Feminism and Contemporary Culture in South Africa
This project1 was born out of the rapidly shifting cultural geographies of post-apartheid South Africa where the position of women illuminates critical issues about how the political and social structure negotiates its contradictions and safe spaces. Works dealing with the ambiguities and complexities of gender in South African culture were sought for this special issue of the interdisciplinary journal African Studies. Most of the articles in the collection emerge from the fields of literary and cultural studies, perhaps reflecting the bias of the editor, and highlight the range of gendered analyses within these fields currently. The review article that concludes the collection reflects such debates and scholarship in the social sciences. The lack of dialogue between disciplines, in this case between the humanities and social sciences, points towards fractures within gender studies as a whole and this special issue is no exception. The framework outlined in the introduction is one specific to literary and cultural studies, though the issues involved traverse disciplinary boundaries in a way that much scholarship has yet to accomplish.
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