Women, Activism and Apartheid South Africa: Using Play Texts to Document the Herstory of South Africa

Bev Orton
University of Hull, UK

Product Details
05 Oct 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
224 pages - 152 x 229mm
This book investigates women’s political activism and conflict in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, examining issues around domestic violence, racial abuse and women in detention without trial. It builds on the theatrical analysis within play texts such as ‘You Strike the Woman, You Strike the Rock’, ‘Glass House’, ‘Born in the RSA’, ‘Has Anyone Seen Zandile?’ and ‘So What’s New?’ to chart participation in the struggle against apartheid between 1975 and 1993, providing a political, economic and social herstory of South African women’s activism. Further, the focus on play texts addresses the dearth of knowledge of pertinent herstorical moments, women’s fight for political agency and equality, how apartheid laws affected women’s role in theatre and provides a feminist lens and insight into how these laws affected the herstory of South Africa. The inclusion of a critical perspective from women who wrote plays and worked in theatre takes the book beyond a purely theatrical analysis. It seeks to explore how theatre as a form can help write a ‘herstory’ of apartheid, not only to document the reality of women’s experiences but also as a means to imagine different realities.
1. A Brief Overview of the Dynamic Herstory of South Africa 1912-1993 
2. 'Wathint Abafazi’Wathint’ – You Strike the Woman You Strike the Rock
3. Glass House: A Clash of Two Cultures, Detention and Aggression  
4. Born in the RSA: Lies, Manipulation, Violence and Solitary Confinement 
5. Have You Seen Zandile? Gogo and her Granddaughter 
6. ‘So What’s New?’ The Bold and the Beautiful 
7. Women, Protest and Theatre 
8. Twenty Years On and ‘So, What’s New?’
Bev Orton lectures in criminology, gender, restorative justice, sociology, and equality and diversity at the University of Hull, UK. She is also an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK.

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