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Crossing Borders, Dissolving Boundaries by Hein Viljoen

By Hein Viljoen

Borders separate but in addition attach self and different, and literary texts not just enact those bordering tactics, yet shape a part of such procedures. This ebook gestures in the direction of a without borders 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 methods 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 lower than various symptoms or conceptual issues of charm. those indicators contain a religious flip, eventfulness, self-understanding, ethnic and linguistic mobilization, performative chronotopes, the gruesome, the carceral, the rhetorical, and the interstitial. members: 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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C. Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001). a Representing the Unpresentable Between the Secular and the Spiritual in Gordimer’s Post-Apartheid Fiction I LEANA D IMITRIU I N T H I S E S S A Y , I shall engage with the boundary between the secular and the spiritual, as reflected in attempts to represent and give (fictional) form to the intangible, the unpresentable. In endeavouring to investigate the larger disciplinary context of this problematic – the boundary between literature and spirituality – I shall make use of ‘spirituality’ as a blanket term covering, in what follows, subjective expressions of faith-related identification and belief.

Dirk & Ingrid Winterbach (Die boek van toeval en toeverlaat, 2006; Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, 2008). C. Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 2001). a Representing the Unpresentable Between the Secular and the Spiritual in Gordimer’s Post-Apartheid Fiction I LEANA D IMITRIU I N T H I S E S S A Y , I shall engage with the boundary between the secular and the spiritual, as reflected in attempts to represent and give (fictional) form to the intangible, the unpresentable.

7 While the above comments refer to ‘religion and literature’ in a generic (possibly canonical) sense, the 1970s saw a broadening of the interdiscipline. S. Eliot, “Religion and Literature,” in Eliot, Selected Essays (1935; London: Faber & Faber, 1951): 388–401. 4 Giles Gunn, The Interpretation of Otherness: Literature, Religion and the American Imagination (New York: Oxford U P , 1979): 6. 5 Nathan A. Scott, The Broken Center: Studies in the Theology of Modern Literature (New Haven C T : Yale U P , 1966): 210.

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