n Latin American Report - The female voice : re-living the second

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



The aim of this paper is to add a non-black, non-white female dimension to the male-dominated discourse of the . The collective hero in female narratives is compared and contrasted with the individual hero in male narratives. A narration by a non-white, non-black female nationalist challenges the blackâ??white binary perception of the struggle, heroism and legitimacy in black and white narratives. This literary tool is convenient in the following regard; (1) firstly, the narrating-self may consciously be articulating a particular view or version of events, while unconsciously articulating another. The narrating-subject may be contrasting a particular identity at the conscious level, while unconsciously undermining or contradicting the conscious effort. (2) secondly, tracing repression enables the autobiographical reader to read the 'silences' and critically analyse them. Further, an understanding of sublimation will, hopefully, enable an evaluation of political motive, that is, to evaluate its authenticity, or whether it is a manifestation in noble form of the desire for, say, fame. The superego, or conscience, plays a significant role in the confessional aspects of autobiography. This part is significant as it is used to construct identities. Selective memory is also convenient in assessing the motive behind material selected and omitted by the narrating-subject.

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