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Published by Wits Press in September 2020 Barbara Boswell’s ‘And Wrote My Story Anyway: Black South African Women’s Novels’ examines influential novels published in English by eminent black femme writers. (Cheeky Natives/ Wits Press)
Published by Wits Press in September 2020 Barbara Boswell’s ‘And Wrote My Story Anyway: Black South African Women’s Novels’ examines influential novels published in English by eminent black femme writers. (Cheeky Natives/ Wits Press)

Cheeky Native's Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane sat in conversation with award-winning author Barbara Boswell to discuss her first novel Grace and to reveal the big surprise – Boswell’s new title.

Boswell released her new title with Wits Press. The new book is an academic offering titled And Wrote My Story Anyway: Black South African Women’s Novels.

Part literary history, part feminist historiography And Wrote My Story Anyway: Black South African Women’s Novels as Feminism examines influential novels published in English by eminent black femme writers. Studying these writers’ key engagements with nationalism, race and gender during apartheid and the transition to democracy, the author traces the ways black women’s fiction interrogates.  

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