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‘Looting killed’ the audience: Africanlanguage writing, performance, publishing and the audience

T. J. Selepe
Literator | Vol 22, No 3 | a1055 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v22i3.1055 | © 2001 T. J. Selepe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 June 2001 | Published: 13 June 2001

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T. J. Selepe, School of Languages, Potchefstroom University for CHE (Vaal Triangle Campus), South Africa

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This article examines the role played by African-language writing, performance and publishing, including critical practice, in the demise of the indigenous audience in African-language literary practice. Using implicit materialism the argument is premised on the developments wrought by the era of Modernism that has lead to a univocal writing of world history, and the era of Postmodernism that has ushered in the era of a multivocal writing of world history. The transition from oral literature to written literature will also be used to advance the argument about the subsequent exclusion of the indigenous African- language audience from literary practice. This exclusion is considered to have a direct bearing on the under-development of African societies. Finally, possible solutions will be sought by revisiting some of the causes that characterize the African language problem as a medium of communication and research.


Audience; Literature; African-Language Literary Practice; African Languages; Writing; Performance; Publishing; Indigenous Audience; Oral Literature; Transition To Written Literature


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