Hot off UKZN Press

By | November 16, 2018


Published books by UKZN staff members.

Bibliophiles can tuck into the latest books by UKZN academics, published by UKZN Press this year.

Living Together, Living Apart?, edited by UKZN’s Chris Ballantine, Michael Chapman, Gerhard Maré and the Durban University of Technology’s Kira Erwin, explores social cohesion in South Africa. This book looks at equality/inequality, xenophobia, chieftaincy in modernity, and gender-based abuse and points towards the making of a future in which a critical citizenry is key to a healthy society.

In the beautifully illustrated isiShweshwe: A History of the Indigenisation of Blueprint in Southern Africa, UKZN art historian Juliette Leeb-du-Toit traces the origins of the cloth, its early usage and cultural adaptations, and its emerging regional, cultural and aesthetic significance. In examining its usage and current national significance, the author highlights some of the salient features associated with histories of indigenisation.

The Illustrated Glossary of Southern African Architectural Terms by Professor Franco Frescura and Joyce Myeza is based on the premise that you cannot understand the culture of a people unless you have a grasp of the nuances and hidden meanings of their language. It brings together, in one single volume, the terminologies that are used by southern Africa’s rural builders. Frescura, the Chair of Architecture at UKZN, has published widely in the fields of indigenous architecture, colonial settlement and culture conservation. A Fulbright scholar, Myeza is the Director of Libraries and Special Collections at UKZN. Her current research interests include indigenous knowledge systems and enterprise architecture.

Asifunde isiZulu by Anne Shimwell, Gugulethu Mkhize, Mary Hammond Gordon, Roshni Gokool and Tholakele Ngcobo provides content that gives the new language learner insight into the language structure, culture and basic history of isiZulu. This comprehensive, interactive publication is a “must-buy” for UKZN staff and students who are learning isiZulu; it is written in an easy-to-grasp style with many practical activities that make the manual an accessible and useful learning tool. All the authors are involved with and have vast experience in the teaching of isiZulu as a second language at the University. This book is a “must-have” for UKZN staff and students.

Published books by UKZN staff members in 2016 include:

•   Inhlamvu Yelanga edited by Mandla Maphumulo, for which he received the PanSalb Award for a work in an indigenous language

•   Green in Black and White Times by Michael Chapman

•   Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing edited by Lindy Stiebel and Michael Chapman

•   Diaspora and Identity in South African Fiction by Johan Jacobs

UKZN Press publishes a wide range of books for both academic and general readers. For more information on our catalogue, please visit UKZN Press

Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer

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