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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Amongst the unbelievable : rage, faith and reason in selected writings by V.S. Naipaul : original research

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

This article focuses on the representation of faith as conveyed by Naipaul in the course of four travelogues. Drawing on historical scholarship pertaining to Islamic societies in transition, and comparing this to a selection of the literary critical reception that Naipaul's writing about Islam has evoked, I argue for a revision of literary readings of Naipaul's travelogues. My premise is that the author's subject positioning influences both a self-critical as well as more compassionate perspective on the relationship between faith and political transition in developing societies.


Hierdie artikel fokus op die uitbeelding van geloof in die loop van vier reisbeskrywings deur Naipaul. Met die gebruik van geskiedkundige navorsing oor Islamitiese samelewings tydens verandering, en 'n vergelyking hiervan met 'n keur van die literêrkritiese ontvangs wat Naipaul se skryfwerk oor Islam ontlok het, bepleit ek 'n hersiening van die literêre leeswerk van Naipaul se reisbeskrywings. My uitgangspunt is dat die outeur se posisionering van die onderwerp beide 'n selfkritiese én 'n deernisvoller perspektief oor die verhouding tussen geloof en politieke oorgang in ontwikkelende samelewings beïnvloed.

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2016-12-09

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