n English in Africa - The missng 'i' : Corrigenda in Ivan Vladislavić's second edition of The Restless Supermarket
|Article Title||The missng 'i' : Corrigenda in Ivan Vladislavić's second edition of The Restless Supermarket|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Publication Date||Oct 2009|
|Pages||45 - 62|
Aubrey Tearle, a retired proofreader and the narrator of Ivan Vladislavić's 2006 novel The Restless Supermarket at one point comments as follows: ''Some say that an error of the right kind in the right place, something not too ugly, something truly devious, an error that demontrate [sic] by its elusiveness how easily we might all slip into error ourselves, might have a purpose, perhaps even a beauty, of its own'' (107). An error like the missing 's' in the word ''demontrates'' here would normally be seen as an anomaly, something that slipped past correction, an undesirable mistake that interrupts the perfect smoothness of a given thought. In fact, the occupation of proofreader exclusively functions to correct such expressions of human error. Vladislavić's novel, set in Tearle's neighbourhood in post-apartheid South Africa, is written entirely from his white, male, and often racist point of view.
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