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

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 3, December

Aliens and Existential Elevators: Absurdity and Its Shadows in Douglas Adams's Hitch Hiker series/Ruimtewesens En Eksistensiele Hystoestelle: Absurditeit En Die Skadu's Daarvan in Douglas Adams Se Hitch Hiker-Reeks
Abstract According to twentieth-century existentialist philosophy, the universe as we know it is steeped in senselessness, and the only possible means of survival is the construction of subjective meaning. Douglas Adams's fictional universe portrayed...
A Philosophical Interpretation of the Significance of Oral Forms in I. Mabasa's Novel Mapenzi (1999)/'N Filosofiese Interpretasie Van Die Belangrikheid Van Mondelinge Vorms in I. Mabasa Se Roman Mapenzi (1999)
Abstract The article critically analyses the use of Shona oral art forms in I. Mabasa's novel "Mapenzi" ("Mad people"/"Foolish people"). It departs from the realisation that the writer identifies with Shona people's oral experiences in the form...
Intertextuality Shapes the Poetry of Xhosa poets/Intertekstualiteit Vorm Die Poesie Van Xhosadigters
Abstract Praises among the amaXhosa today are not only performed at traditional gatherings. These praises are also performed in many places such as schools, churches and funerals. The question is whether the praises performed in other places rather...
"Smell the Rot in the Armpits": Breyten Breytenbach's Perspectives on the corpse/"Ruik Die Verderf in Die Kieliebakke": Breyten Breytenbach Se Blik Op Die Lyk
Abstract The purpose of this article is to analyse Breyten Breytenbach's so-called corpse poem, "bekommernis", taken from his debut album "die ysterkoei moet sweet" (1964). The theoretical point of departure is the theories of Kristeva, in particular...
S.M. Guma and the Sesotho Historical Novel: An Afrocentric perspective/S.M. Guma En Die Historiese Roman in Sesotho: 'N Afrosentriese Perspektief
Abstract Afrocentricity seems to be emerging as one of the potent critical tools that could be used to re-establish and qualify African cultural identity through literary study among others. The primary objective of this movement is to reinterpret...
Taking a Line for a Walk: An Iconic and Intertextual Reading of T.T. Cloete's "Toepassings Van Dante" ("Applications of dante")/Op Loop Met 'N Lyn: T.T. Cloete Se "Toepassings Van Dante" Ikonies En Intertekstueel Gelees
Abstract The cycle of poems in T.T. Cloete's "toepassings van dante" ("applications of dante") has iconic characteristics but also resonates within wider intertextual and cultural spheres. The interpretation of the poems presented in this article...
The Magnetism of the ocean/Die Aantrekkingskrag Van Die See
Abstract This article compares the use of oceanic symbolism in the poetry of Karin Boye, Ingrid Jonker and Sylvia Plath. Freud's "oceanic feeling" is described and contrasted with Jung's theory of the "great mother", According to Jung, the "great...
The Time of the Trickster: Identity in Selected Contemporary Afrikaans Prose texts/Die Tyd Van Die Triekster: Identiteit in Enkele Hedendaagse Afrikaanse Prosatekste
Abstract This article focuses on the various ways in which "identity" figures in Afrikaans novels from 1996 to 2006, particularly with reference to the way in which diasporic displacement and death can be connected to the problem of identity. The...
Tikoloshe, "A Bushman, Outa Hendrik" and Denialist Close readings/Tokkelossie, "'N Boesman, Outa Hendrik" En Ontkennende Close Readings
Abstract This article explores in two main sections the changing perceptions of Afrikaner folklorists and literary critics on the origins of selected indigenous Southern African oral tales. With the emergence of Afrikaner Nationalism at the end...