Peter McDonald

Peter D. McDonald is Professor of English and Related Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Hugh's College. He has written extensively on literature, culture and the modern state. His most recent book, "The Literature Police: Apartheid Censorship and its Cultural Consequences" (Oxford), was published in 2009. He is currently working on a new book about literature and internationalism since the 1860s.

The Literature Police: Apartheid Censorship and Its Cultural Consequences

Do South Africa’s new laws on censorship constitute a major departure from the Apartheid era? Undoubtedly the most peculiar feature of the repressive system the Nationalist government set up in 1963 is that it put an inordinate, if not wholly unlimited, amount of power in the hands of a group of censors who saw themselves as the guardians of literature and, more specifically, an Afrikaner... Continue Reading

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