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Language Literature and Intellectual History in South Africa



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Language Literature and Intellectual History in South Africa A Conversation about the New African Movement between Ntongela Masilela and Sandile Ngidi 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction by Sandile Ngidi Chapter 1 Interview with Ntongela Masilela on the nature of the New African Movement website by Sandile Ngidi Chapter 2 An Interview with Ntongela Masilela regarding the H I E Dhlomo Center for African Intellectual History by Mbukeni Herbert Mnguni Chapter 3 Considerations on certain Aspects of the New African Movement An Interview with Ntongela Masilela by Sandile Ngidi 2 INTRODUCTION by Sandile Ngidi Ntongela Masilela s work sharply pricks our sensibilities to the urgency of our collective duty to confront the continued marginalisation of South Africa s black literary and intellectual archive even when apartheid has been defeated I use the term black as synonymous with the term African with the proviso that both terms refer to racial and ethnic groups that were historically oppressed in the legislative framework of apartheid through a barrage of laws promulgated following the arrival of Jan Van Riebeeck in the Cape in 1652 It is Masilela s intellectual admonition and visionary commitment that has drawn me towards his work and prompted the interviews contained in this publication I am therefore honoured to write this introduction and share my angst and hope on the state of South Africa s black literary and intellectual archive His work profoundly speaks to the textual gaps in the reading and rendering of 27 April 1994 and the rise of Nelson Mandela to the presidency of a liberated country Masilela s voice speaks to the contradictions and ironies of liberation For him Joseph Ki Zerbo s clarion call for Africans to rebuild the identity from which the African peoples have become alienated remains instructive to his intellectual vocation Masilela s is an ambitious project covering a broad canvas of South Africa s neglected intellectual and cultural heritage His is an epic



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