At Large: Reviewing the Arts in South Africa

By Christopher Thurman.

Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US40.00
Book: Electronic $US15.00

As a ‘critic at large’, Chris Thurman has engaged with the work of theatre practitioners, musicians, dancers, visual artists and writers from across the South African arts spectrum. In this collection of journalistic essays, reviews and interviews produced over the course of five years, he not only explores the role of the arts – and the challenges facing artists – in a country still completing its transition to democracy, but also asks provocative questions about a range of social and political issues. Informed by an awareness of South Africa’s complex cultural history/histories, At Large offers a snapshot (or, rather, a series of snapshots) of the arts in the country during the early years of the twenty-first century, providing insight into the production and reception of both ‘local’ and ‘global’ artistic phenomena.

Keywords: Arts, South Africa, Arts and Society, Arts Reviews

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 2.030MB). Published by The Arts in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Christopher Thurman

Lecturer, Department of English Literature, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Chris Thurman teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and contributes to various publications as arts critic, political commentator and travel writer. His other books are Sport versus Art: A South African Contest, Guy Butler: Reassessing a South African Literary Life and Text Bites: South African Poems Plays, Stories and Non-fiction.

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