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South African Modernism Art


South African Modernism 1880-2020 is an AHRC-funded research project led by Dr Jade Munslow Ong (University of Salford, UK), with Co-Investigator Prof Andrew van der Vlies (University of Adelaide, Australia) and Research Assistant Emma Barnes (University of Salford, UK). The project will examine South African literary modernism and its international connections across the period 1880-2020. It will run from January 2021 - March 2024, and details of events, publications, a blog, and other resources will be hosted here. 

The project team will pursue three related research strands. First, we examine how South African personal and textual networks helped shape literary modernism from the nineteenth century to the present day. Second, we investigate how modernism provided, and continues to provide, a politically-charged mode of representation for South African writers responding to major historical events and changing political, economic, social, and cultural contexts. Finally, we explore how South African literature is related, and compares, to other global forms of modernist writing.

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