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

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, April

Alienation in Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting/Vervreemding in Irvine Welsh Se Trainspotting
Abstract This article examines how Melvin Seeman's theory of alienation (1959) and modem alienation research manifest in Irvine Welsh's "Trainspotting". This is an important novel, not only because of its commercial success, but also because it...
Authorial Intention and Agency in Luke's Acts/Outeursintensie En Handelingsrol in Lukas Se Handelinge
Abstract This article affirms the presence of the intentional consciousness in texts which purport to depict reality or real events. Intentionality, in the context of this article, is not conceived as a pre-existing thought or idea, which precedes...
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Dis so warm dat hy amper nie kan asem kry nie. En tog is hierdie 'n sagte landskap. In Ovamboland het hy nog nie 'n enkele klip gesien nie. Tussen die groot plat ooptes vol sagte, wit sand is daar af en toe shonas water omring deur makalanipalms wat...
Representations of the Boer in French Youth Literature during the Anglo Boer war/Boer-Uitbeeldings in Franse Jeugliteratuur Tydens Die Anglo-Boereoorlog
Abstract Representations of the "other" or alterity are to a large extent influenced by the historical context of the onlooker. When this historical context changes, it often happens that the representation of the "other" is adapted accordingly....
Songs about Zuma: Revelations of Divisions after democracy/Liedjies Oor Zuma: Openbaring Van Skeidslyne Na Demokrasie
Abstract In February 2006, when he was Deputy President of the country, Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma appeared in the Supreme Court in Johannesburg to defend himself against charges of rape. The charge of rape by a woman known only as Khwezi against...
The Sentence as Narrative Code in "Die Uur Van Die Idiote" ("the Hour of the Idiots") by Abraham H. De Vries/Die Sin as Narratiewe Kode in "Die Uur Van Die Idiote" Deur Abraham H. De Vries
Abstract This article focuses on the following aspects of syntax in "Die uur van die idiote" by Abraham H. de Vries: word and phrase repetition, enumeration, omission (ellipsis), word order, rhythm, length and composition, and sound repetition....
The Zimbabwean Liberation War: Contesting Representations of Nation and Nationalism in Historical fiction/Die Bevrydingsoorlog in Zimbabwe: Botsende Voorstellings Van Die Nasie En Nasionalisme in Historiese Fiksie
Abstract This article examines the array of macro and micro historical factors that stirred historical agency in the 1970s war against colonial settlerism as depicted in selected liberation war fiction. This war eventually led to a negotiated independence...
Third World Express: Trains and "Revolution" in Southern African poetry/Third World Express: Treine En "Revolusie" in Suider-Afrikaanse Poesie
Abstract This article examines political dimensions of the train metaphor in selected Southern African poems, some of them in English translation. Exploring work by Mongane Serote, B.W. Vilakazi, Demetrius Segooa, Phedi Tlhobolo, Thami Mseleku,...
Translating Cultural Transition in Kgebetli Moele's Room 207/die Vertaling Van Kulturele Oorgang in Kgebetli Moele Se Room 207
Abstract This article deals with the issue of cultural translation in a postapartheid text through the analysis of language, setting and discourse to highlight cultural transition in a society where socio-political mutations elicit new literary...