Transition and Transgression

English Young Adult Fiction in Post-Apartheid South Africa

  • Judith Inggs

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
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About this book


This book conveys the story of a society in the throes of restructuring itself and struggling to find a new identity.  A particularly attractive aspect of this study is the focus on young adult literature and its place in post-apartheid South Africa, as well as its potential use in the classroom and lecture hall. Intersecting these two topics provides a compelling lens for refocusing debate on young adult fiction while offering a new and novel angle on debates in South Africa after the end of apartheid.  The multilingual and multicultural South African society has resulted in fiction that differs from other parts of the English-speaking world. This work presents a holistic critique of South African young adult fiction and addresses issues such as change and transformation, identity politics, sexuality, and the issue of the right of white writers to represent and “write” characters of different races.  ​


YA fiction in education identity politics and literature multilingual education post-apartheid literature in South Africa postcolonial literacy young-adult fiction in multilingual society

Authors and affiliations

  • Judith Inggs
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  1. 1.Translation & Interpreting StudiesUniversity of the Witwatersrand Translation & Interpreting StudiesJohannesburgSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25532-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25534-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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