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Borders separate but in addition attach self and different, and literary texts not just enact those bordering approaches, yet shape a part of such strategies. 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 indicates how literary texts version and transform borders and bordering approaches in wealthy and significant neighborhood contexts. The essays assembled right here examine the crossing and negotiation of borders and limits in works through 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 below varied indicators or conceptual issues of charm. those symptoms contain a religious flip, eventfulness, self-understanding, ethnic and linguistic mobilization, performative chronotopes, the gruesome, the carceral, the rhetorical, and the interstitial. individuals: 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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On one level, they show characters engaging with existential challenges, ranging from dealing with racially entrenched ways of thinking in a Scandinavian context or the challenges of living in South Africa in a time of radical transition. In general, they confirm the view that texts redefine accepted cognitive frames and scripts. They also confirm the creative power of liminal zones. Motifs featuring prominently in the texts are memory, abjection, gardens, as well as movement from the country to the city, or vice versa.

Eliot essay “Religion and a Introduction xxxix literature” (1935),36 to define and broaden a common ground. 37 She thinks Wenzel reads a spiritual phenomenon, in this case the effort to recover the “unfulfilled potential of the Xhosa cattle-killing of 1857,” an expression of anticolonial nationalism, in a secularizing way. Dimitriu regards this approach as one-dimensional, as Wenzel insists on the “linear, teleological, Christian-inspired, nationalistic and anti-colonial consequences of prophecy” and does not integrate the indigenous /African dimension into her view.

C. Young, Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001): 338. 39 Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths & Helen Tiffin, The Postcolonial Studies Reader, ed. Ashcroft et al. (London & New York: Routledge, 2nd ed. 2006): 29. xl CROSSING BORDERS, DISSOLVING BOUNDARIES a The writer in whose work Dimitriu finds this spiritual turn or secular spirituality is, somewhat surprisingly, Nadine Gordimer, the South African Nobel Prize-winner widely regarded as the ‘conscience’ of the anti-apartheid struggle.

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