Homelands, Harlem and Hollywood
South African Culture and the World Beyond
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Originally published in 1994, Homelands, Harlem & Hollywood examines the anti-colonialist struggle against apartheid, and the ways in which American and South African culture have been fascinated with and influenced by one another. Rob Nixon’s wide-ranging analysis looks at Hollywood representations of the struggle for liberation, the impact of the Harlem Renaissance on the Sophiatown writers, the banning and censorship of television under apartheid, Mandela and messianic politics, the sports and cultural boycotts, ethnic nationalism, and the culture of violence. Nixon concludes with an investigation of how the collapse of communism and anti-communism and the rise of ethnic cleansing in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union had powerful implications for the shape of post-apartheid South Africa.
Rob Nixon is the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in the Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University, USA.
'Nixon has done an excellent job of deconstructing the dubious roles South Africa has been made to play in the mind of an erratic yet persistent international imagination...vastly informative and tactfully moving.' Rosemary Jolly, Research in African Literatures, Vol 28, No.2.
'For scholars especially involved in examining the much contested features of South African cultural history, Nixon’s book is extraordinarily important.' Jeanne M. Colleran, Modern Fiction Studies, Vol 42, No. 1
'Even the reader reasonably well acquainted with South African culture is likely to learn a good deal from Nixon's well-researched and informed discussion.' Brian Crow, African Affairs, Vol 95, No. 378.