n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - S.M. Guma and the Sesotho historical novel : an Afrocentric perspective

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2279



Afrocentricity seems to be emerging as one of the potent critical tools that could be used to re-establish and qualify African cultural identity through literary study among others. The primary objective of this movement is to reinterpret world history from an African perspective. This article will therefore examine some historical features of S.M. Guma's novels from the 1960s to the 1990s from an African perspective. By applying the Afrocentric paradigm this will attempt to demonstrate how material conditions of the period have provided useful raw materials for the Sesotho historical novel, which tends to illuminate a better understanding of the Basotho culture, history, identity and nationhood.

Afrosentrisiteit is skynbaar besig om na vore te kom as een van die kragtige kritiese werktuie wat gebruik sou kon word om Afrika-kulturele identiteit deur literatuurstudie te herbevestig en te kwalifiseer. Die primêre doel van hierdie beweging is om wêreldgeskiedenis vanuit 'n Afrika-perspektief te herinterpreteer. Hierdie artikel sal daarom ondersoek instel na sekere historiese kenmerke van S.M. Guma se romans van die sestiger tot die negentigerjare uit 'n Afrika-perspektief. Deur die Afrosentriese paradigma toe te pas, sal hierdie artikel poog om aan te toon hoe materiële toestande van die periode nuttige onbewerkte materiaal vir die Sotho historiese roman verskaf het, lig kan werp op 'n beter begrip van die Basotho-kultuur, -geskiedenis, -identiteit en -nasieskap.

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