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dc.contributor.advisor Cloete, M.J. Mogoboya, Mphoto Johannes
dc.contributor.other Mkuti, L.D. 2013-10-02T09:23:27Z 2013-10-02T09:23:27Z 2011
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D. (English studies)) -- University of Limpopo, 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the theme of identity in Es’kia Mpha-hele’s fictional and autobiographical novels, with special attention given to the quest for the lost identity of Afri-can cultural and philosophical integrity. In other words, the revival of the core African experience and the efforts to preserve and promote things African. Mphahlele wrote most of his novels during the time when Africa was under colonial influence. His native land was under the abhorred apartheid system which sought to relegate the African expe-rience to the background. In this sense, he was the voice of the people, reminding them of their past and giving them direction for the future. Chapter One of the thesis outlines the background to the study, defines concepts and gives a survey of African lit-erary identity. It also probes salient aspects which have influenced Mphahlele’s perspective on African identity dur-ing his early years as a writer and socio-cultural activ-ist. Approaches and methodology employed to examine Mphahlele’s writings are also outlined. Chapter Two synthesises the theoretical underpinnings of the study. The thesis adopts Afrocentricity as the basis of analysis, looking at aspects such as the African worldview, humanism (ubuntu) and collectivism. Views by different Af-rican literary critics on what African literature should entail in its distinctive definition are also discussed. Two main literary traditions, orality and the contemporary tradition, which give African literature its unique charac-ter as well as its phases are identified and brought to the fore.Identity in African literature is discussed in detail in Chapters three and four where Mphahlele’s literary works are closely examined. Chapter Five concludes the study and recommends that in order for Africa to forge ahead in her attempt to reclaim and promote her cultural identity, a new perspective must be cultivated and Mphahlele proposes hy-bridity, which is a harmonious co-existence of two or more cultural beliefs without one oppressing the other. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The University of Limpopo en_US
dc.format.extent xi, 209 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus en_US
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dc.subject African identity en_US
dc.subject Fictional novels en_US
dc.subject.ddc 809.8896 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh African literature (English) - History and criticism - Theory, etc. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English literature (Black authors) - History and criticism - Theory,etc en_US
dc.title African indentity in Es'kia Mphahlele's autobiographical and fictional novels : a literary investigation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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