Guy Butler’s South Africanism: ‘Being present where you are’

Wright, L.S. Guy Butler’s South Africanism: ‘Being present where you are’. English Academy Review . ISSN 1013-1752 (Submitted)




Guy Butler (1918-2001) has been gone some ten years. The institutions he created continue to make vital contributions in South Africa’s efforts to make sense of its own complex cultural and historical make-up. However, despite this evident success, there is little surety that the rationale informing his massive effort to foster processes of artistic and cultural endeavour has been appreciated or accurately understood. This lecture sets out to illuminate the thinking behind Butler’s important contributions to South Africa’s national life.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:This is the text of a lecture delivered at Rhodes University (16 November 2011) on the occasion of the presentation to the author of the English Academy's Gold Medal.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Guy Butler, Mike Kirkwood, English-speaking South Africa,Ife bronzes, Freedom Stones, 1820 Settlers National Monument,cultural synthesis, Platonists, Aristotelians, Coleridge, F.D. Maurice, social change
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:2251
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:06 Dec 2011 14:09
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