oa Alternation - Africa and identity in the art and writing of Breyten Breytenbach

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



From the strongly autobiographical tone of his writing to the striking recurrence of selfportraits in his pictorial art, the issue of identity and self-representation has always been foregrounded and problematised in the work of Breyten Breytenbach1 . The extent to which the question of identity is - or is not - linked to place, is of primary importance in the context of this paper, not only because I wish to examine the link between Africa and the sense of self constituted in his work, but also because I question the way critics place his oeuvre within a purely European tradition of writing and painting. Hence the rather ambitious title of this paper, meant to evoke the 'bigger picture' which underpins my introductory exploration of the interplay between identity and Africa in his work.

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