oa Alternation - Hegemony and Autobiographical Self-Representation: The Case of Sindiwe Magona

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Sindiwe Magona's two-volumed autobiography, To My Children's Children (1990); Forced to Grow (1992) is a compelling narrative of a black woman's struggle for self-reliance and dignity in a socio-cultural environment fraught with numerous obstacles to personal fulfilment. Born in the Transkei in the early forties, Magona now lives and works in New York as a press officer for the United Nations. Like most black South African autobiographers, Magona writes of her struggle to create an 'authentic self-identity' by challenging those roles and identities imposed on her by dominant cultural and political discourses and ideologies. In its portrayal of Magona's challenges to both patriarchy and racism, the autobiography suggests alternative and inherently counter-hegemonic modes of self-representation available to South African black women in the 1990s.

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