Beauty in Bastardy: Breytenbach on Afrikaans and the Afrikaners

Brian G. Kennelly

Abstract


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.

Keywords


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

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