n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Reading the ideological subtext in André Brink's and Patrick White's

Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



From a postcolonial perspective, the simultaneous publication of André Brink's and Patrick White's provides an interesting example of rewriting. Although both texts refer to the original story of Eliza Fraser that has featured in several genres, they approach the event from different historical time-frames. This article attempts to indicate that the contextual and formal similarities between the two novels are underpinned by different ideological subtexts that clearly manifest the respective authors' preoccupations and their unconsciousreactions to socio-political contexts. It would seem that Brink's main concern lies with race relations, while White is more engrossed with gender issues.

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