oa Alternation - ... as if this burden disguised as honour did not weigh heavily on her heart': black women, struggle iconography and nation in South African Literature

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The inevitable heterogeneity of all human clusters means that there is an endlessly large spectrum of possibilities through which members of that group can inhabit any experiential positioning. It is in light of this that representations which fix members of a group into set series of behaviours and characteristics, in other words stereotype them, are problematic. It therefore is quite clear why historic representations of Black women subjects and characters as hypersexualised or long suffering mother figures is unacceptable. Much research has shown the direct correlation between the stereotyping of Black women and their oppression under changing historical eras.

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