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Title:Carnival and Hybridity in the Texts by Dambudzo Marechera and Lesego Rampolokeng
Author:Veit-Wild, FloraISNI
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Geographic terms:South Africa
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
About person:Dambudzo Marechera (1952-1987)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2637426
Abstract:The rejection of a nation-based identity by many African writers has influenced literary style in African postindependence writing. Literature of the anticolonial period primarily used realist modes of writing and a linear structure unified by the perspective of an authorial narrator. This corresponded to the anticolonial paradigm, predicated upon clear contradictions, definite identities and unambiguous truths. In the postcolonial view, reality becomes complex and hybrid. In place of a homogeneous view of the world and clear-cut modes of interpretation, a fragmented, fundamentally sceptical perspective dominates. This paper investigates how the mimetic, realist mode of nation and identity-building in African writing has been replaced by new stylistic features and literary tropes which transcend or disrupt the limits and perceptions of realism. In this regard elements of carnival and hybridity and their intrinsic relationship with each other are of special interest and form the major focus of exploration. The carnivalesque writings of Dambudzo Marechera, a writer from Zimbabwe, and Lesego Rampolokeng, a poet from South Africa, are the sources for illustration, analysis and close reading. Notes, ref., sum.