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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Constructing the autobiographical self, collective identity and spiritual spaces in South African queer autobiography : original research

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Abstract

This article examines four recent collections of South African queer autobiographies. These are: and . Selected narratives from each collection have been analysed in order to exhibit the relational nature of autobiographical self-construction through an exploration of how it is specifically constructed in spiritual or religious spaces. The theology of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is analysed as it intersects with representations of spirituality and religion in the texts. This article seeks to highlight the socio-political value of the texts and their functioning as important tools in the struggle for equality in which the queer minority currently find themselves.


Hierdie artikel ondersoek vier onlangse versamelings van Suid-Afrikaanse 'queer' outobiografieƫ: en Geselekteerde vertellings uit elke versameling is ontleed om die relasionele aard van outobiografiese selfkonstruksie aan te toon deur middel van 'n ondersoek na hoe dit spesifiek in spirituele of religieuse ruimtes gekonstrueer word. Die -teologie van Aartsbiskop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is geanaliseer aangesien dit met die voorstellings van spiritualiteit en religie in die tekste verband hou. Hierdie artikel poog om die sosio-politieke waarde van die tekste uit te lig asook hul funksie as belangrike instrumente in die stryd vir gelykheid waarin die 'queer' minderheid hulleself tans bevind.

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2014-01-01
2016-12-08
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