Hybridische zelfpositionering en performance in Breytenbachs reisverhalen

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  • Jihie Moon University of Pretoria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17159/tl.v54i1.2145

Abstract

This article focuses on the hybrid self-representation and liminal self-positioning of Breyten Breytenbach as presented in his two
travelogues, Return to Paradise (1993) and Dog Heart (1998). Firstly, the form of travel writing is shown to be a suitable genre
for the manifestation of a nomadic or ‘travelling’ subject. Secondly, his liminal self-positioning toward Afrikaner society reflects the
problem of identity in post-apartheid South Africa, as well as the writer’s performance of a future agency for rehabilitating the
collective self within a new South African community. Breytenbach is seen to manifest his cultural identity on the one hand, while
attempting to position this identity within the multicultural society on the other. Key words: autobiography, Breyten
Breytenbach, hybridity, identity, self-positioning.

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Author Biography

Jihie Moon, University of Pretoria

Jihie Moon is gepromoveerd aan de Stellenbosch Universiteit (Afrikaans en Nederlands). Op dit moment is zij
verbonden aan de Afdeling Nederlands van de Hankuk University of Foreign Studies te Seoul in Zuid-Korea.

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Published

2017-04-01

How to Cite

Moon, J. (2017). Hybridische zelfpositionering en performance in Breytenbachs reisverhalen. Tydskrif Vir Letterkunde, 54(1), 71–92. https://doi.org/10.17159/tl.v54i1.2145

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Research articles