Andries Oliphant

Andries Walter Oliphant is a literary scholar and cultural policy advisor. He chaired the ministerial arts and culture task team, co-wrote the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage (1994-1995) and chaired the Arts Culture Trust (1995-2007).

He is editor of Journal of Literary Studies and a former deputy editor of English Academy Review. He serves on the editorial boards of Alternation: Interdisciplinary Journal of the Arts and Humanities in Southern Africa; Scrutiny 2: Issues in English Studies in Southern Africa; and De Arte.He is the founding editor of Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing.

Oliphant’s writings on South African literature, art and photography are published locally and internationally. He is the recipient of the Thomas Pringle Award for Short Stories and the Book Journalist of the Year Award.

A regular adjudicator for local and international literary awards, he was Special International Guest of the Nobel Prize awards held in Stockholm in 1998 and a participant in the first White House seminar on culture and diplomacy hosted by Bill Clinton in 2000. He chairs the Council of Ditsong Museums of South Africa and serves on the Council of the National English Literary Museum and the National Heritage Council.

He is a Research Fellow at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection. He drafted a national strategy on social cohesion and nation-building for the Department of Arts and Culture (2012) and chaired the ministerial task team for a growth strategy for the book sector in South Africa. He heads the theory of literature division at the University of South Africa.


Mandeladag 2019: Alwyn Roux in gesprek met Andries Oliphant en Yves T'Sjoen  

Alwyn Roux, Yves T'Sjoen, Andries Oliphant Onderhoude 2019-08-01

Ter viering van Mandeladag op Donderdag 18 Julie 2019, het Alwyn Roux met Andries Oliphant van Unisa en Yves T'Sjoen van Universiteit Gent in gesprek getree oor hulle ervaring van die sewentigs en tagtigs in Suid-Afrika, die oorgang na ’n demokratiese bestel in die negentigs, en die eerste twee dekades van die Nuwe Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing.

The possibility of inclusivity: A review of The Cambridge History of South African Literature

Andries Oliphant 2012-09-26 "Fully aware of the pitfalls lurking below the surface, [Attridge and Attwell] jettisoned the monological or monofocal approach used in the histories of Kannemeyer and Chapman to opt for a multi-authored dialogical approach."
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