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Clements Kadalie, the ICU, and the Language of Freedom

Johnson, David (2015). Clements Kadalie, the ICU, and the Language of Freedom. English in Africa, 42(3) pp. 43–69.

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The language of the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU) and its leader Clements Kadalie is examined. The article analyses afresh the ICU archive – the articles, manifestoes, speeches, memoirs and letters of Kadalie and his ICU comrades in the 1920s and 1930s. Two questions guide discussion. How did the language of the ICU challenge the religious, literary and political discourses of white South Africa? And, did the ICU leaders generate a distinctive language of freedom? The theoretical insights of inter alia Walter Rodney, James C. Scott and Howard Caygill into the languages of resistance and liberation inform the discussion of the ICU’s language. In conclusion, the resonances of the ICU’s language of freedom is assessed in relation to the public discourses of post-apartheid South Africa.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Institute for Study English in Africa
ISSN: 0376-8902
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Group (PGL)
Item ID: 47106
Depositing User: David Johnson
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 09:52
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:49
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