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How Did the Poets See Madiba? Find Out in Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, Edited by Munzhedzi James Mafela

Nelson Rholihlahla MandelaUnisa Press presents Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela: Reflection through the eyes of the poets edited by Munzhedzi James Mafela – coming in November 2015:

In this innovative anthology of essays, Mafela brings together voices that give a radically fresh perspective on the life and work of Nelson Mandela. In a groundbreaking multilingual context, contributors view the life of Mandela through the prism of poetry written about him. The poetry, in a number of indigenous southern African languages with translations, is interpreted and analysed, thus bringing previously scattered, neglected or unknown material into the public domain.

Since Mandela’s release from jail, much has been published on his life, including poems in various languages. This publication is distinguished from all of them as a garnering of scholarly research into selected African indigenous poetic works about Mandela, and in this way the volume serves as an appreciation and critical appraisal both of the man and of the poetry about him. Through the poetry, the writers examine aspects of Mandela’s early life, his leadership and character, his role as a freedom fighter, and the element of alienation in his life. Their offerings present a rare and original insight into the life of the man as it unfolds.

Together, poets and interpreters weave a wide net, drawing in the interest not only of literary and political science scholars, but also sociolinguists, sociologists, historians, and anthropologists interested in literary anthropology – in fact, anyone interested in the life and work of Nelson Mandela.

“A celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and work, challenges and tribulations, through the poetical eye. This book honours Mandela through multilingual southern African poetry – it is an all-inclusive, multicultural poetic mirror to Mandela’s being – and appropriately so.”

- Russel Kaschula (African Languages Association of South Africa, and holder of the NRF SARChI Chair in the Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism & Education at Rhodes University).


Contributors pages: vi–vii
Munzhedzi James Mafela: “Preface” page ix
Munzhedzi James Mafela: “Introduction” pages xi–xviii
Cynthia Daphne Danisile Ntuli: “Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: His Social Life” pages 1–48
Mampaka Lydia Mojapelo: “Mandela: Leadership and Character” pages 49 –80
Ximbani Eric Mabaso: “Mandela: The freedom fighter” pages 81 –124
Munzhedzi James Mafela: “Mandela and the element of alienation” pages 125 –161
Appendix: A list of the poems analysed pages 162–163
Index: pages 164–169

About the author

Munzhedzi James Mafela was born in Soekmekaar in Limpopo in 1953. He obtained a BA Hons degree in Translation studies and a DLitt et Phil degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He has been employed as a lecturer in Tshivenda at the University of South Africa since 1985. He writes in Tshivenda and has published a number of literary articles in journals and chapters in academic books. His creative works include novels Ndo Neta, Ngozwi Ndi Nthihi, Lwendo Lwashu and a play Mulilani Wa Tshira. Among the many awards he has received is the M-Net Award for his novel Mudi Ndi Wanga.

Book details

  • Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela: Reflection through the eyes of the poets edited by Munzhedzi James Mafela
    EAN: 9781868887965
    Contact Unisa Press for more information:
    Laetitia Theart
    Tel: 012 429 3448

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