The study of book history is in its infancy in South Africa, with a small group of scholars
working in the area and little sense of a shared body of literature, which could be used as
foundational texts for those wishing to conduct research in this fi eld. This article describes
an attempt to map the terrain of book and print culture studies in South Africa to date.
Although it is only in recent years that writings have come to be grouped under a broader
heading of book history (whether at conferences or in special issues of journals), work
has been done in this fi eld since the early twentieth century. This is similar to the situation
in other countries, where the ‘accidental’ growth of book history has meant that a great
deal of work has been done on a wide variety of relevant topics. The article describes
key strands in the literature, including print history, publishing history, the overlap with
literary history, and studies of readership and reception.
Rocha, Elaine Pereira; Prof L Kriel; Prof A S Mlambo(2008-09-19)
This dissertation focuses on comparing racism in South Africa and Brazil by analyzing eight novels written between 1909 and 1953 that discuss racism. The aim is to examine the phenomenon in these two societies and the way ...
Chernis, Richard Eddison(University of Pretoria, 2010-10-06)
This investigation is an attempt to demonstrate the role of history teaching in the interconnectedness of national consciousness and historical consciousness. Because of its central role in South African history since the ...