Beauty in Bastardy: Breytenbach on Afrikaans and the Afrikaners

Brian G. Kennelly


The writings of Breyten Breytenbach nuance, extend, and complicate the ongoing debate over Afrikaner cultural identity. Breytenbach's choice of the supra-ethnic, supra-'national' term 'Afriqua'--in place of 'Afrikaner,' for example--better reflects the truly 'mongrel' nature of Afrikaans and the Afrikaners, their process of 'becoming,' their self-positioning towards history and the future in the Rainbow Nation that is the new South Africa.


Identity; Language; Culture; Politics; Hybridity; South Africa

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