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Who killed Kesentseng? Cultural knowledge and narratological analysis in the interpretation of the Setswana short story 'Ga le a ka la tswa' ('Doomed to die before dawn') by B.D. Magoleng

M. Letsie, H. du Plooy
Literator | Vol 26, No 1 | a221 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v26i1.221 | © 2005 M. Letsie, H. du Plooy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 July 2005 | Published: 31 July 2005

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M. Letsie, School of Languages, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa
H. du Plooy, School of Languages, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa

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Abstract

In this article the argument is put forward that although the criterial force in narrative texts is the fact that these texts are intrinsically narrative, there is a range of extra-narrative components which should also be taken into consideration in processes of interpretation. The article explores the cultural dimension of a short story in Setswana and illustrates how cultural knowledge is essential to reach a more comprehensive understanding of the text.

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Cultural Knowledge; Culture; Magoleng; Narratological Analysis; Setswana Literature

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