Betty Govinden : THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
Against the historical background of slavery, indenture, colonialism and apartheid, the role of literature has been crucial in imagining a new, alternative world in South Africa.
In these series of lectures, the role of Indian Women’s Writings, with particular reference to the contribution of political activists such as Dr Gonam, Phyllis Naidoo and Fatima Meer, will be considered.
A broad critical overview of the literature of protest, of the influence of Gandhi and Passive Resistance in South Africa , and the identity politics of race and gender, will be considered.
The lectures will include auto/biographical input, with narratives related to my grandmother, who came from India as a child labourer, and to studying in one of South Africa’s “tribal colleges” [on Salisbury Island in the seaport town of Durban] in the 1960’s.