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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - National trauma work and the depiction of women in two Afrikaans historical Karoo novels : and : original research

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
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Abstract

and are two female-authored popular Afrikaans novels that entertain as subtext dynamics of female agency in the same region and historical period, namely the Little Karoo of the late 19th century. The two novels present a pertinent counter-discursive paradigm to the more mainstream master narrative representations of women of the time. The novels were written and published during the late-apartheid and early post-apartheid years, 1985 and 2006, respectively, and as a result of these dynamics of production, they also engage with the socio-politics of this time, maybe even more so than with the British imperial colonialist period in which the novels are set. As such, both novels step into the discursive streams that flow in and around the trauma work that is associated with South Africa's contemporary engagement with its colonial and apartheid legacies and heritage. Both texts also contribute to the creation and popularisation of new national master narratives. It is then in this context that these texts can be seen as participating in the multivocal discursive project of new identity construction, specifically identity construction through the writing of a new heterogeneous national autobiography.


en is twee populêre Afrikaanse romans deur vroue geskryf wat in dieselfde tyd en omgewing afspeel, naamlik aan die einde van die negentiende eeu in die Klein Karoo, en wat die dinamika van vroulike agentskap as subteks het. Die twee romans verskaf belangrike teen-diskursiewe paradigmatiese uitbeeldings wat in teenstelling staan met die meer algemene hoofstroom uitbeeldings van vroue in meesterverhale van die betrokke historiese tyd. Die romans is gedurende die apartheid- en postapartheidsjare geskryf, in 1985 en 2006 onderskeidelik, en as gevolg van hierdie produksie-dinamika handel beide tekste ook oor die sosio-politieke bestel van hierdie tyd, moontlik selfs meer as oor die Britse imperialisties-koloniale tyd waarin hulle afspeel. As sulks tree beide tekste midde-in die diskursiewe onderstrominge van Suid Afrika se hedendaagse omgang met 'n geskiedenis en erfenis van kolonialisme en apartheid. Albei tekste dra dan ook by tot die skepping en popularisering van nuwe meesterverhale. Dit is binne hierdie konteks dat beide tekste bydra tot die meerstemmige diskursiewe projek van hernude identiteitskonstruksie, hoofsaaklik in terme van die omskrywing of beskrywing van 'n nuwe heterogene nasionale outobiografie.

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