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Title:Re-imagining identity: essentialism and hybridity in post-apartheid Afrikaans short fiction
Author:Wasserman, HermanISNI
Year:2000
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Volume:12
Issue:2
Pages:96-112
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Afrikaans language
literature
short stories
About persons:S.P. BenjaminISNI
Izak De Vries (1969-)ISNI
Abstract:The preoccupation with identity is still very much present in postapartheid Afrikaans short fiction (South Africa). While there is a definite attempt to broaden the scope of Afrikaans literature to include the experiences and cultural codes of the previously colonized and in so doing to give impetus to a transcultural exploration of difference, the tendency of the colonial discourse to speak on behalf of the subaltern has not completely been left behind. An example of how cultural identity is constructed by opposition between a colonized self and other(s) is found in S.P. Benjamin's story, 'Op soek na 'n somer', from his collection 'Die lewe is 'n halwe roman', published in 1999. An example of how a hybrid cultural identity comes into being is found in the story 'Ons moet vir jou 'n bees slag' by Izak de Vries from his collection 'Kom slag 'n bees' (1998), in which the cultural identity set up in the discourse of apartheid is renegotiated by detaching it from the racial binary. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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