n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Postcolonial travel accounts and ethnic subjectivity : travelling through Southern Africa

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



This article deals with three recent South African travelogues, to wit Sihle Khumalo's "Dark continent: my black arse" (2007) and "Heart of Africa: centre of my gravity" (2009), and Steven Otter's "Khayelitsha: umlungu in a township" (2007). It argues that the authors are engaged in a postcolonial quest to find out what makes them African: the one, a black corporate employee, by following the footsteps of white nineteenth century explorers; the other, a white journalism student, by living in one of South Africa's largest black townships.

Hierdie artikel handel oor drie onlangse Suid-Afrikaanse reisbeskrywings, naamlik Sihle Khumalo se "Dark continent: my black arse" (2007) en "Heart of Africa: centre of my gravity" (2009), asook Steven Otter se "Khayelitsha: umlungu in a township" (2007). Die basiese stelling van die artikel is dat die outeurs besig is met 'n postkoloniale soektog om uit te vind wat van hulle Afrikane maak: die een, 'n swart korporatiewe werknemer, deur in die voetspore te volg van blanke negentiende-eeuse ontdekkingsreisigers; die ander, 'n wit joernalistiekstudent, deur in een van Suid-Afrika se grootste swart townships te gaan woon.

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