Of libraries, books, and reading : a journey of meaning making

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dc.contributor.author Smith, Edwin
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-30T14:00:33Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-30T14:00:33Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.description.abstract In this essay I seek to demonstrate how an iterative reading of Archie L. Dick’s The Hidden History of South Africa’s Book and Reading Culture (2012), read through a life history lens, makes meaning of the lived experiences of South Africans—particularly during the time of the struggle against Apartheid, which is the focus of this essay. Relying on the life history approach to the recounting and exploration of South African history through the library, book, and reading culture of South Africans, I trace the complex and multi-layered experience of South Africa and its peoples as reported in The Hidden History. Interwoven with my own experiences with libraries, books, reading, and writing, I unveil the significant making of meaning in Dick’s enterprise. As demanded by Dick, I confirm in this essay that South African liberation history must indeed include the roles played by librarians, books, and the experiences of ordinary South Africans in order to provide a fuller appreciation of the various influences and understanding of South Africa’s past. en_ZA
dc.description.department Historical and Heritage Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.letterkunde.up.ac.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Smith, E 2020, 'Of libraries, books, and reading : a journey of meaning making', Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 101-108. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0041-476X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2309-9070 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/tl.v57i2.8798
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/82011
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Assosiasie en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde. Published under a Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject History en_ZA
dc.subject Books en_ZA
dc.subject Reading en_ZA
dc.subject Struggle en_ZA
dc.subject Apartheid en_ZA
dc.subject Exile en_ZA
dc.subject Culture en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Of libraries, books, and reading : a journey of meaning making en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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