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Updated Up To 26/06/2018
Volume 5, Number 2 (June 2007) : 289-307
“On Your Knees, White Man"
African (Un)Belongings in Rian Malan’s My Traitor’s Heart
Tony Simoes da Silva
Rubric A: Divided Loyalties

Abstract

 

This paper sets out to analyse the concept of what I shall term an “insider Whiteness,” at once African and inevitably always already out of Africa. Specifically I explore life writing narratives by White Africans as a rich setting for an analysis of how White people both relate to the continent as a physical and imaginary space and negotiate their ability to call Africa “home.” Through detailed textual analysis of Rian Malan's My Traitor's Heart (1990) and reference to a number of works by J. M. Coetzee, Gillian Slovo, Breyten Breytenbach and Doris Lessing, the paper proposes that the continuing debates about identity and race in post-Apartheid South Africa show that it takes a great deal of work for the White person truly to belong in Africa.


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