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Post-apartheid representations of youth in the Zulu novel Kungasa ngifile

N.S. Zulu
Literator | Vol 25, No 3 | a270 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v25i3.270 | © 2004 N.S. Zulu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 July 2004 | Published: 31 July 2004

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N.S. Zulu, Department of African Languages, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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In this article representation of black African youth in the Zulu novel “Kungasa ngifile” is examined. The view is presented that the novel, though seeming to be politically neutral, deals with images of the youth that have ideological concerns in terms of theme, plot action and character portrayal. Such ideological modes of representation seem to be in tune with the present call for moral rejuvenation and the empowerment of the youth who lost opportunities during the liberation struggle. In this respect, the novel backs positive post-apartheid cultural forms.


Kungasa Ngifile; Moral Consciousness; Black African Youth Representations; Zulu Youth Novel; Ideological Concerns; Theme Plot And Character Portrayal; Zulu Tradition


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