n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - The presentation of male same-gender abuse in W.K. Tamsanqa's

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



The aim of this article is to analyse the manner in which W.K. Tamsanqa depicts aggression initiated by males against other males and in so doing, engendering same-gender abuse in "Ithemba liyaphilisa". Tamsanqa identifies certain amaXhosa cultural practices as being socially oppressive in same-gender relations within families and society. In addition his presentation of the characters' continuation of traditional gender ideology will be explored to highlight familial conflict. These familial conflicts, seen as horizontal violence, are exacerbated by tribal laws and customs which reinforce vertical violence.

Die doel van hierdie artikel is om die manier te ontleed waarop W.K. Tamsanqa die aggressie van mans teenoor ander mans uitbeeld. Hierdie aggressie veroorsaak mishandeling binne dieselfde geslag in "Ithemba liyaphilisa". Tamsanqa identifiseer sekere kulturele gewoontes as sosiale verdrukking in verwantskappe binne dieselfde geslag in families en die gemeenskap. Sy aanbieding van karakters se voortsetting van die tradisionele geslagsideologie word ook ondersoek ten einde die familiekonflik uit te lig. Hierdie familiekonflikte, gesien as horisontale geweld, word vererger deur stamwette en -gewoontes wat vertikale geweld versterk.

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