Race Relations in Alan Patons Cry the Beloved Country

Race Relations in Alan Patons Cry the Beloved Country

by Dedria Bryfonski


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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well-developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives. All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737743951
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2009
Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chronology 16

Chapter 1 Background on Alan Paton

1 The Life of Alan Paton Peter F. Alexander 22

2 Racial Inequality Was a Central Theme in Paton's Life and Writings Contemporary Authors Online 38

3 Paton Drew on His Faith and Experience to Write Cry, the Beloved Country Lewis Gannett 42

4 Paton Challenged Racism in His Writing and Politics Jonathan Paton 53

5 Paton Created a Classic Dan Jacobson 62

Chapter 2 Cry, the Beloved Country and Race Relations

1 Cry, the Beloved Country Is One of the Best Books of Our Time James Stern 67

2 The Message of Cry, the Beloved Country Is Hopeful Fred H. Marcus 71

3 Cry, the Beloved Country Is Both a Call to Social Action and an Artistic Success Edward Callan 79

4 The Political Vision of Cry, the Beloved Country Is Naive Stephen Watson 88

5 Cry, the Beloved Country Is Racist Patrick Colm Hogan 101

6 Paton Has a Complex View of Good and Evil Carol Iannone 110

7 Paton Depicts the Breakdown of Tribal Order in Cry, the Beloved Country Harold R. Collins 124

8 Paton Expresses Fear for the Future of South Africa in Cry, the Beloved Country J.M. Coetzee 134

9 Cry, the Beloved Country Opened Literary Discussion About Race in South Africa Tony Morphet 140

10 Cry, the Beloved Country's Message of Forgiveness Remained Relevant in Mandela's South Africa Bill Keller 145

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on Race Relations in South Africa

1 Reconciliation Is the Path to Democracy in South Africa Nelson Mandela 152

2 Racial Reconciliation in South Africa Is Not Complete Desmond Tutu 156

3 A History of Racial Conflict Continues in South Africa Marco MacFarlane 161

4 Racial Conflict Still Haunts PostapartheidSouth Africa Joshua Hammer 165

5 Racial Tensions Obscure the Real Issues in Postapartheid South Africa The Economist 177

For Further Discussion 181

For Further Reading 183

Bibliography 185

Index 189

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