n Stilet : Tydskrif van die Afrikaanse Letterkundevereniging - White reading & (queerness)

Volume 30 Number 1-2
  • ISSN : 1013-4573


We’ve been told that a text is sometimes more than just an assemblage of ideas, feelings or sentiments. Occasionally, a text becomes an assistant and colleague, an instructor and guide, a friend or companion – the text comes to resonate as Jan, Piet, Koos and Jakob. The poems resonate with layers of Afrikaner whiteness: the obsessions over sport, farming references, steam rooms at the gym, Afrikaner manners, the strictures of social ‘etiquette’. These poems are built around sentiments encapsulated in a white skin; exemplify ‘universalising’ views of contemporary South Africa living that often correspond too closely with the worldviews of a white, Afrikaner male. The collection itself has an eggshell-dirty-white paper skin. There is no telling where my own (white) skin ends and the book cover begins.

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