n English in Africa - 'Amanuensis' and 'Steatopygia' : the complexity of 'Telling the Tale' in Zoë Wicomb's

Volume 38, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



Two words, 'amanuensis' and 'steatopygia,' each burdened with its own history, appear in Zoë Wicomb's with a frequency that commands further consideration. This study shows that these two words are in fact narratives which reveal the tension, inherent in all historical narratives, between that which is denotative or factual and that which is connotative or fictional. Similarly, the words also form the shifting horizon from which we may see history as a narrative of the past that is always also a narrative of the present. The link between these words will ultimately show the complex, compromised role of the narrator and, perhaps, of all historians.

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