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Postcolonial travel accounts and ethnic subjectivity: travelling through Southern Africa

L. Nas
Literator | Vol 32, No 2 | a16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v32i2.16 | © 2011 L. Nas | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 June 2011 | Published: 22 June 2011

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L. Nas, Department of English, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa

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Abstract

This article deals with three recent South African travelogues, to wit Sihle Khumalo’s “Dark continent: my black arse” (2007) and “Heart of Africa: centre of my gravity” (2009), and Steven Otter’s “Khayelitsha: umlungu in a township” (2007). It argues that the authors are engaged in a postcolonial quest to find out what makes them African: the one, a black corporate employee, by following the footsteps of white nineteenth century explorers; the other, a white journalism student, by living in one of South Africa’s largest black townships.

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Identity; Black Tourism; Postcolonial Travel Writing

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