Storyscapes: South African perspectives on literature, space and identity
In Storyscapes we listen carefully to what South African writers reveal about themselves and their relations to South African space since the democratic transition of 1994. One main focus is the power of stories to uncover contradictory processes and investments of identity and to point readers toward a more meaningful life. Another main focus is the complexities of the post-colonial understanding of South African land, landscape, and space. Space in relation to race, class, and gender identity figures prominently in analyses and comparisons of diverse South African texts, such as Breyten Breytenbach's Dog Heart, Andre Brink's Imaginings of Sand, as well as the important South African subgenre of the farm novel. Questions of black or hybrid identity are highlighted by confronting older texts with new ones by black and women writers such as A.H.M. Scholtz and E.K.M. Dido. These texts - and a number of Afrikaans texts that are less well-known in the English-speaking world - are set in the wider frameworks of postcolonial criticism and global issues of cultural identity.
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Narrative and Identity in the Work
To Belong or Not to Belong
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Adam Afrikaans language Afrikaans literature Andries apartheid become belong Bennie Boerneef boundaries Breyten Breyten Breytenbach Breytenbach Brink Brink's novel Cape Town chapter characters Coetzee colonial colored identity concept of cultural context cultural identity Dido Dog Heart ethnic Eva Luna experience farm novel fiction Fugard gender globalization hair hero human Imaginings of Sand important Isabel Allende Johannesburg journey Kaapstad Kinta kraal Kristien Kwela laager land language liminal liminal space literary live London magical-realist margin McWorld means memory Merwe Merwe's mother myths Nancy narrative identity narrator nation Nomsa Nomsa/Nancy Nomsa/Nancy's past periphery play political post-apartheid postcolonial reader reality relationship Ricoeur rituals role Schoeman sense Siena social society South Africa space and identity spatial specific stereotype stories symbolic tell tion traditional understand Usikulumi Vatmaar Verliesfontein voices wilderness woman women writing Xhosa Zulu