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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Keeping it in the family : incest, repression and the fear of the hybrid in Reza de Wet's English plays

Volume 31, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
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Abstract

Reza de Wet has more than once referred in interviews to the syncretic relationship she sees as existing in the "long history" between Afrikaner and black cultures. Due to its close association with black African cultures, she claims that Afrikaner culture has fused a belief in mythologies and "magical thinking" with a "European consciousness" (Solberg, 2003:180). This article investigates ways in which some of De Wet's English translations - as well as her play "Concealment" (De Wet, 2004) - demonstrate the consequences of a fear of this amalgamation; a dread of hybridity. Concurrent with this anxiety is the danger inherent in a repression of desire. In a number of De Wet's plays it seems that what is cloistered and protected within the purity of family (possibly a metaphor for the Afrikaner people) conceals an incestuous perversion.


Reza de Wet het in meer as een onderhoud verwys na die sinkretiese verhouding wat sy sien in die "lang geskiedenis" tussen Afrikaner- en swart kulture. Sy beweer (Solberg, 2003:180) dat die Afrikanerkultuur mitologieë en magiese denkwyses van die Afrikakonteks met 'n "Europese bewussyn" geïntegreer het as gevolg van hierdie nabye assosiasie. Hierdie artikel ondersoek maniere waarin sommige van De Wet se dramas wat in Engels vertaal is - sowel as haar drama "Concealment" ["Versteking"] (De Wet, 2004) - die gevolge van 'n vrees vir hierdie samesmelting, 'n afsku in hibriditeit (of verbastering), demonstreer. Saam met hierdie angs, loop die inherente gevaar wat gepaard gaan met die onderdrukking van begeerte. In verskeie van De Wet se dramas lyk dit asof dít wat eenkant gehou en beskerm word binne die suiwerheid van die familie (moontlik 'n metafoor vir Afrikaners) 'n bloedskandelike perversie versteek.

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