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dc.contributor.authorVan Graan, Mariëtte
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-04T09:11:07Z
dc.date.available2018-07-04T09:11:07Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationVan Graan, M. 2017. Die spook van Afrikaneridentiteit in Toorberg, die stoetmeester en die swye van Mario Salviati (Etienne van Heerden). Literator, 38(2):1-12. [https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v38i2.1339]
dc.identifier.issn0258-2279
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v38i2.1339
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10394/28158
dc.description.abstractGhost characters are a characteristic of the novels of Etienne van Heerden, but little research has been done concerning the nature and function of these ghost characters. In this article I discuss Van Heerden's use of ghost characters diachronically with reference to the novels Ancestral voices (1986), Leap year (1993) and The long silence of Mario Salviati (2000). In order to clarify the nature of these ghosts, I use the so-called science of the paranormal as a framework. The ghosts in the three novels will be classified accordingly, and then discussed within the context of the novels in which they appear. In this way, I shall show how the ghost characters in these novels can be read as a constantly changing embodiment of Afrikaner identity (a central theme in Van Heerden's oeuvre). Van Heerden's Afrikaner changes with the times: in Ancestral voices the ghost characters form a collective that represents a fragmented image of the stereotypical, archaic male Afrikaner identity; in Leap year a liminal character is written in a liminal time to embody a liminal Afrikaner identity; and in The long silence of Mario Salviati Van Heerden moves away from the exclusive Afrikaner identity to a broader South African identity by using ghost characters from very different backgrounds and origins. In conclusion I shall compare these identities and the historical contexts of these novels in order to show the function of Van Heerden's ghost characters as constant rewritings of South African identities.
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dc.publisherAOSIS
dc.subjectGhost character
dc.subjectidentity
dc.subjectgroup forming
dc.subjectmaster signifier
dc.subjectliminality
dc.subjecthistory
dc.subjectEtienne van Heerden
dc.subjectAncestral voices
dc.subjectLeap year
dc.subjectThe long silence of Mario Salviati
dc.titleDie spook van Afrikaneridentiteit in Toorberg, die stoetmeester en die swye van Mario Salviati (Etienne van Heerden)
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dc.contributor.researchID12519782 - Van Graan, Mariëtte


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