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South African Performance and Archives of Memory
Author: Yvette Hutchison

ISBN: 9781784993665
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17 March 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 1.3
This book argues that memory functions as a key element in contemporary South African re-imagining of historical events and in constructing new definitions of national and personal identity. It compares two ways in which memory is embodied: in repertoires of practices, songs, dance, rituals, and in material archives, texts, documents, buildings. The particular contribution of this study is its focus on the role of performance in South Africa's renegotiation of memory and historical understanding, as exemplified in public events such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the South Africa-Mali Timbuktu Manuscript Project and the 2010 World Cup opening ceremony, and in memorial sites such as the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park. The book explores the implications of translating diverse embodied memories into a coherent, official national narrative that is usually defined and made coherent that is, over-simplified by the state, which defines South Africa as a unitary 'rainbow nation'.

The book compares official narratives that have tended to define how the 'new' South Africa is remembering the past to various theatrica...

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