Edited by Michel Clasquin © Aurora Press 2003
"This book has a bad title. Conventional wisdom tells us that a book's title should be easy to recognise, evocative, and short. Above all, it should persuade the prospective reader to part with his capital and become a book-owner instead of a money-owner. Or at least, if the book is encountered on a library shelf, make her a reader instead of a browser. The title of a book should not normally involve more than one language. But this is a South African book, and the mad magic, or magical madness, of South Africa has often enough triumphed over conventional wisdom. And therefore we present a book with a title designed, and I use the term loosely, deliberately to obscure its subject matter. A title drawn from three languages, but ultimately true to none of them. A title that demands an explanation. Which gives me a good excuse to write a preface ..."
Michel Clasquin: Preface to Quagga Kultuur
Section 1: Popular Culture in the Visual Media
Musa Ndlovu and Magriet Pitout: The South African Broadcasting Corporation and Social Responsibility Media Theory: Yizo Yizo.
Matome A Mahasha: Social Globalisation: The Bold and the Beautiful
Magriet Pitout: The Addictive Nature of the Soap Opera: Generic Conventions and Viewers' Pleasure
Janet Pantland: Acts of Religion ... in South Park
Magriet Pitout: Violence in symbolic forms of popular culture: a structural analysis of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Powerpuff Girls
Section 2: Popular Culture in the Written Media
Natasha Distiller : The Life and Times of William Tsikinya-Chaka: English Literature in South Africa
Michel Clasquin: “Once the Buddha Was a Seagull ...” Reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull As a Mahayana Buddhist Text
Pamela McNaughton: From Print to “Print!” The Screening of Jane Austen's Novels
Section 3: Popular Culture in Historical Context
Peter Buchholz : Renaissances and Transformations: Successes and Failures in Identity Construction
Section 4: Popular Culture and Contemporary South African Issues
Mpine Qakisa : The portrayal of HIV-positive women in the South African media
David J Carter: A Time for Healing: The Therapeutic Community in South Africa
Nkosinathi Sotshangane: What Impact Does Globalisation Have on Cultural Diversity?
Officially out of print, but a copy can be downloaded HERE.