History After Apartheid-CL

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November 2003



How should post-apartheid South Africa present its history - in museums, monuments, and parks.


Introduction: Making history memorable; 1. Translating the past: Apartheid monuments in post-apartheid South Africa; 2. Robben Island: Site of memory / Site of nation; 3. Mixed histories: District six; 4. New histories for old: Museological strategies; 5. New histories for old: The place of "ethnicity" in the "New" South Africa; 6. New subjectivities for the new Nation; Epilogue: Changing places


Annie E. Coombes teaches art history and cultural studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she is Director of Graduate Studies in the School of History of Art, Film, and Visual Media. She is the author of "Reinventing Africa: Museums, Material Culture, and Popular Imagination in Late Victorian and Edwardian England" and coeditor of "Hybridity and Its Discontents: Politics, Science, Culture."


"[I]nteresting and unusual... [A] valuable resource for art history students and professionals."--Foreign Affairs "This book will be of interest to many students of anthropology, sociology, art history, geography, museum studies, and urban studies."--Andrea Dahlberg, Leonardo "[I]mportant and timely... History after Apartheid will give readers a better understanding not only of why the difficulties persist but also of why there is still cause for optimism that many South African citizens will continue to offer their hands to one another."--Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, The Common Review "[A] fascinating overview of post-apartheid visual arts..."--Peter Whittaker, New Internationalist "[A] timely and important engagement with the role that visual and material culture has played, and continues to play, in the country's transformation in the post-apartheid era... History After Apartheid is an engaging read, quite generously illustrated with photographs of the sites under discussion... While the work deals specifically with issues around public memory in South Africa, the issues it examines are more broadly relevant to any society in transition. The work is very accessible and should also have wider appeal to scholars in public history, sociology, politics and visual culture."-- Barbara Russell, Eras "Annie Coombes is one of those gifted intellectuals who combine authority and analytical precision with obvious pleasure and excitement about the subject. This makes for stimulating and accessible reading. History after Apartheid is able to address a wider audience than academia without losing its rigour and integrity. This book is sorely needed for a new growth industry driven by bite-sized catchphrases that do not bear much scrutiny."--Sue Krige, African Affairs "This is a sensitively written exposition of aspects of memory, identity and their relationship to visual and material culture, in which the writer, an art historian, ranges widely, taking a comparative approach in her methodology, providing the reader with insightful contrasts from a variety of societies, ranging from Russia to Australia... [T]he treatment in the book is critical and thoughtful... A major strength is that the author grapples with debates, discusses priorities and persuades the reader to think in a challenging way about how aspects of history are presented."--Alan Cousins, History "[A] well-written and very engaging book... [A]n enjoyable book that underlies the importance of history as a narrative constructed for an audience, which the audience then uses in the construction of their own popular consciousness."--Sean Redding, Journal of African History "Annie Coombes's task was awesome. This book is intensively researched and needed to be written."--Robin M. Chandler, African Studies Review "Stimulating."-- Verne Harris, The Public Historian
EAN: 9780822330608
ISBN: 0822330601
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2003
Seitenanzahl: 384 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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