oa Alternation - Rejecting the mother tongue: Afrikaner on the margins

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Afrikaner Nationalism concentrated power in the hands of white male Afrikaners throughout the entire apartheid period (1948-1994). It might thus seem fatuous to select a white Afrikaner man's autobiography to illustrate a theme of marginality. But Natie Ferreira's The Story of an Afrikaner: Die Rewolusie van die Kinders? (1980) constructs an autobiographical subject which contests the ideological and political scripts encoded in his mother tongue, choosing rather to marginalise himself by registering his unhappy dissent in English.

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