As Zimbler notes, the Ravan Press edition of Foe, part of a book series funded by the same Staffrider
magazine whose urban Marxist outlook provided a powerful forum for young black writers to chronicle the daily experience of apartheid, placed the book squarely alongside explicitly political black South African output.
Desiree Lewis, "The Politics of Feminism in South Africa," Staffrider
The latter as well as other cultural bodies reached out to diverse publics across South Africa and beyond, including the magazine Staffrider
, and later the Centre for Documentary Photography at the University of Cape Town when Badsha and his family moved from Durban in the mid-1980s.
It assesses first the censors, publishers and writers; and then looks at six case studies that focus on Nadine Gordimer, Es'kia Mphahlele, Breyten Breytenbach and Etienne Leroux, BLAC books, J M Coetzee, and the Staffrider
Richard Rive, "Books by Black Writers," Staffrider
As Frank Meintjies and Mi Hlastshwayo (1989) argued in Staffrider
, "worker culture" expressed the "union's anti hierarchical position thus recognizing the importance of every worker's experience.
8) This kind of "populist realism" characterized the Staffrider
school of black writers that emerged in the seventies, who, according to Michael Vaughan, attempted to express collective experiences rather than the liberal novel's "individualist modalities of experience" and dispensed with subtle, elaborate, and detailed characterization.
However, only one person managed to come - Chris van Wyk, then the editor of Staffrider
His stories had appeared in Staffrider
Magazine since the late 1970s.
There is a poem, "Masechaba," by the Black Consciousness poet Ilva Mackay, in an issue of Staffrider
devoted to commemorating "Women's Day," the great protest rally of women in Pretoria on August 9, 1956: its theme is Africa as political mother of political children).
Chris had edited, commissioned and worked with many of the Ravan Press writers throughout his time at Staffrider
As his understanding of the editorial environment grew, he could not deny the idealistic feeling that Staffrider
"held out a simple promise.