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

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 practice...

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Published in: Literator Vol. 40; no. 1; pp. 1 - 7
Main Author: Shober, Dianne
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Dutch
French
German
Published: Potchefstroom AOSIS 01-01-2019
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Summary: 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.
ISSN: 0258-2279
2219-8237
DOI: 10.4102/lit.v40i1.1553