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The translingual subjects: Shaping identities and deconstructing rainbowism in One Foreigner’s Ordeal


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Title The translingual subjects: Shaping identities and deconstructing rainbowism in One Foreigner’s Ordeal
Creator Mavengano, Esther Hove, Muchativugwa L.
Subject Literary theory; cultural studies sociolinguistics; linguistic landscape; multi-voicedness; post-structuralism; rainbowism; translingual subjects.
Description The end of the apartheid era in South Africa inaugurated an increased mobility and accessibility to previously prohibited spaces. Although African migrant populations are still highly regulated in South Africa, their presence has also profoundly transformed the country’s present-day sociolinguistic and cultural landscape. The textual construction of the literary text in this study draws attention to the post-structuralist perspective which argues that languages are not closed entities but rather open systems utilised for expressive purposes in specific social contexts. Most significantly, recent sociolinguistic studies show that languages are no longer regarded as discrete systems in communication because they form expansive linguistic repertoires in contact spaces. Such an understanding of multilingual use facilitates communication across cultural, linguistic and national borders, thereby subverting exclusionary normative practices. The present article draws from translingual perspectives to examine communicative practices in literary discourse. A close textual analysis is adopted to identify how translingual practices make languaging a contested terrain meant to project multi-voiced and multi-perspectival discourses with transformative capacities in the context of the ‘rainbow nation’ metanarrative.
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Contributor North-West University Great Zimbabwe University NRF
Date 2020-11-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — — Literary analysis; discursive practices
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/lit.v41i1.1691
Source Literator; Vol 41, No 1 (2020); 11 pages Literator; Vol 41, No 1 (2020); 11 pages 2219-8237 0258-2279
Language eng
Coverage Zimbabwe; South Africa; Diaspora Post 2000 Zimbabwean writing; post-apartheid rainbowism identity construction/s; migration; economic implosion; xenophobia; marginality
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 Esther Mavengano, Muchativugwa L. Hove