Original Research

An African’s faith: Discourse and disclosure in selected works by Sindiwe Magona

Dianne Shober
Literator | Vol 40, No 1 | a1553 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v40i1.1553 | © 2019 Dianne Shober | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2018 | Published: 28 March 2019

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Dianne Shober, Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa


The recent attention to decolonisation in academia and other facets of the sociopolitical landscape has encouraged many to re-examine their tenets of faith and their methods of incorporating personal expressions of spirituality into their decision-making processes. The significance of faith practices for South Africans as they manoeuvre the challenges of navigating the post-apartheid context has been acknowledged across a number of disciplines, including law, education and healthcare. Yet for decades, South African writers have seamlessly included religious thought and practice into their works, evidencing the subtle influence of faith and tradition in their prose. For many, their religious faith has been vital to their identity development and cultural expression, and synonymous with their liberation. This article examines these metaphoric realities in the cohesive interplay of African traditions and western Christianity in the oeuvre of recognised black South African writer Sindiwe Magona.


Spirituality; Christian faith; traditional religion; literature; South African literature; culture; expressions of faith; liberating theologies; identity.


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