Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, comparative linguistics and literary studies

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, April

Between Freedom and Self-Subjection: The Dilemma of Writing in an African language/Tussen Vryheid En Selfonderwerping: Die Dilemma Van Skryf in 'N Afrikataal
Abstract This article is an analysis of the dilemmas that confront an author who chooses to write in an African language. (Language choice remains a particularly vexing issue in African literature.) On the one hand a language that he is a master...
Distance and Experience/endurance: Liminal Spaces and Survival in Ingrid Winterbach's Niggie (Cousin)]/Afstand En Belewenis: Liminale Ruimtes En Oorlewing in Niggie Deur Ingrid Winterbach
Abstract In this article aspects of Ingrid Winterbach's novel, "Niggie" ("Cousin"), which is set against the backdrop of the last months of the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) are analysed. The geographical (spatial) and psychological isolation of the...
"I Am Becoming Someone Completely Different ...": The Utilisation of Liminality in Vaselinetjie (Little Vaseline) by Anoeschka Von Meck/ "Ek Is Besig Om Iemand Heeltemal Anders Te Word ...": Die Ontginning Van Liminaliteit in Vaselinetjie Deur Anoeschka Von Meck
Abstract The concepts of liminality, transition and borders are utilised extensively in "Vaselinetjie" by Anoeschka von Meck (2004). This is especially the case regarding her use of characterisation, focalisation, time and space (including place...
"Life?": Modernism and Liminality in Douglas Livingstone's A Littoral Zone/"Life?": Modernisme En Liminaliteit in Douglas Livingstone Se A Littoral Zone
Abstract In an attempt to find his place within nature in South Africa and in a global modern context, Douglas Livingstone returns strongly to modernist poetry in his 1991 volume A littoral zone. In contrast to his predecessors like Wallace Stevens...
Liminal Spaces and Imaginary Places in the Bone People by Keri Hulme and the Folly by Ivan Vladislavic/ Liminale Ruimtes En Denkbeeldige Plekke in the Bone People Deur Keri Hulme En the Folly Deur Ivan Vladislavic
Abstract This article argues that the transcendent power of the imagination represented by literature and novels in particular, has played a major role in aiding societies to confront and deal with specific social and political realities in a multicultural...
Om Alleen Te Reis: 'N Lacaniaanse Ondersoek-Aantekeninge Tydens 'N Reis Deur Frans-Kanada (1)
Abstract This essay represents the splintered ego in Lacanian terms. A trip through French Canada is the backdrop for Lacanian theories, internet representations of Lacan and films on paranoia. The writing ego being disillusioned with Lacanian thinking...
Oor Die Drumpel: Liminaliteit En Literatuur
1. Suid-Afrika vandag: nog steeds in 'n interregnum? In die negentigerjare van die vorige eeu het Suid-Afrika die wereld verstom deur die staking van oorlogsaktiwiteite en die onderhandeling tussen die vroeere vyande aan 'n oorgangsgrondwet wat...
Subverting the Pastoral: The Transcendence of Space and Place in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace/ Die Ondermyning Van Die Pastorale Tradisie: Die Transendering Van Ruimte En Plek in J.M. Coetzee Se Disgrace
Abstract This article investigates how J.M. Coetzee's "Disgrace" (1999)--portrayed as a postcolonial and postmodern fictional event--embodies, problematises and subverts the vision of the pastoral farm novel tradition by transcending traditional...
The Collective Voice in the Madonna of Excelsior: Narrating Transformative Possibilities/ Die Kollektiewe Stem in the Madonna of Excelsior: Die Beskrywing Van Transformatiewe Moontlikhede
Abstract The collective voice in the novel, "The Madonna of Excelsior" (2002), reveals that crossing of borders is a process characterised by cultural contact that reduces cultural polarisation and makes social transformation possible. This article...
The Poet in Transit: Travel Poetry and Liminality in Joan Hambidge's Lykdigte and Ruggespraak/ Die Digter in Transito: Reisverse En Liminaliteit in Lykdigte En Ruggespraak Van Joan Hambidge
Abstract In the poem "Versugting" the first person narrator confesses: "reis na reis het ek in gedigte gekarteer, / in woorde opgevang elke slopende liefdeservaring". The most important themes in Hambidge's poetry converge in these two lines, namely...
V.S. Naipaul's A Way in the World: Contesting Liminality by Translating the Historical Past/ V.S. Naipaul Se A Way in the World: Om Liminaliteit Te Beveg Deur Die Historiese Verlede Te Verklaar
Abstract In this article the concept of liminality is understood in a broad sense to mean the incompleteness of historical representation and the restrained view of reality. The ensuing discussion of the theme will be divided into three parts; each...
Wilderness and Desert: Environmental Forces against Man's in Boendoe and Toewaaisand/ Wildernis En Woestyn: Omgewingskragte Teen Die Mens S'n in Boendoe En Toewaaisand
Abstract In Chris Barnard's "Boendoe" (1999) and Christoffel Coetzee's "Toewaaisand" (2003), the relationship between man and nature is stressful. This article investigates the nature and intensity of the characters' experience of and reaction to...
Writing Takes Place in Wrestling the Self Down: Strategies of Reconciliation in Kleur Kom Nooit Alleen Nie (Colour Never Comes on Its Own) by Antjie Krog/ Die Skryf Vind Plaas in Selfgeveg: Versoeningstrategiee in Kleur Kom Nooit Alleen Nie Deur Antjie Krog
Abstract One of the central themes in "Kleur kom nooit alleen nie" (2000), a volume of poetry by Antjie Krog, is the reconciliation between people of different races and political orientations. Krog regards reconciliation through the medium of language...