The Hidden History of South Africa’s Book and Reading Cultures: A Book Discussion with Archie Dick
A book discussion organised by the UKZN Press, the University of Johannesburg Department of English and the UJ Library
02 Oct 2014
Auditorium (6th Floor), APK Library, University of Johannesburg (corner Kingsway and University Road, Auckland Park)
The Hidden History of South Africa's Book and Reading Cultures shows how the common practice of reading can illuminate the social and political history of a culture. This ground-breaking study reveals resistance strategies in the reading and writing practices of South Africans; strategies that have been hidden until now for political reasons relating to the country's liberation struggles. By looking to records from a slave lodge, women’s associations, army education units, universities, courts, libraries, prison departments, and political groups, Archie Dick exposes the key works of fiction and non-fiction, magazines, and newspapers that were read and discussed by political activists and prisoners.
About the author
Archie L. Dick is a professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria. He holds a BBibl (Hons) from UWC, an MLS from the University of Washington and a PhD from UCT.
Facilitator: Prof Craig Mackenzie, University of Johannesburg