By Hein Viljoen
Borders separate but additionally attach self and different, and literary texts not just enact those bordering procedures, yet shape a part of such methods. This e-book gestures in the direction of a without borderlines global, stepping, because it have been, with thousand-mile boots from south to north (even around the Atlantic), from South Africa to Scandinavia. It additionally exhibits how literary texts version and transform borders and bordering approaches in wealthy and significant neighborhood contexts. The essays assembled the following examine the crossing and negotiation of borders and bounds in works by way of Nadine Gordimer, Ingrid Winterbach, Deneys Reitz, Janet Suzman, Marlene van Niekerk, A.S. Byatt, Thomas Harris, Frank A. Jenssen, Eben Venter, Antjie Krog, and others lower than assorted indicators or conceptual issues of allure. those symptoms contain a religious flip, eventfulness, self-understanding, ethnic and linguistic mobilization, performative chronotopes, the ugly, the carceral, the rhetorical, and the interstitial. participants: Ileana Dimitriu, Heilna du Plooy, John Gouws, Anne Heith, Lida Krüger, Susan Meyer, Adéle Nel, Ellen Rees, Johan Schimanski, Tony Ullyatt, Phil van Schalkwyk, Hein Viljoen
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Ed. Betwixt and Between; Essays in Liminal Geography (Madrid: Gateway, 2002). Turner, Victor W. From Ritual to Theatre: The Human Seriousness of Play (Performance Studies 1; New York: Performing Arts, 1982). Van Rooyen, Engela. Met ’n eie siekspens (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 1994). Van Rooyen, Nanette. Chinchilla (Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, 2007). Venter, Eben. Ek stamel ek sterwe (Cape Town: Queillerie, 1996). ——. My Beautiful Death, tr. Luke Stubbs (Cape Town: Tafelberg, 2006). Viljoen, Hein, & Chris N.
Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond (Pietermaritzburg: U of KwaZulu–Natal P , 2009). Winterbach, Ingrid. The Book of Happenstance, tr. Dirk & Ingrid Winterbach (Die boek van toeval en toeverlaat, 2006; Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, 2008). C. Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001). a Representing the Unpresentable Between the Secular and the Spiritual in Gordimer’s Post-Apartheid Fiction I LEANA D IMITRIU I N T H I S E S S A Y , I shall engage with the boundary between the secular and the spiritual, as reflected in attempts to represent and give (fictional) form to the intangible, the unpresentable.
Ullyatt’s essay is a critical reflection on assumptions about normality, abnormality, and incarceration as an automatic response to the abnormal in Harris’ The Silence of the Lambs. Other important boundaries that are reconfigured are those of history, of fact and fiction in Byatt’s rewriting of Ibsen’s biography (Rees’s essay), and also of the masculinity and the taboos on A I D S in Venter’s Ek stamel ek sterwe (van Schalkwyk’s essay). Bordering processes are, in other words, not only represented and reflected but also remodelled and re-imagined.
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