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'A reflection of a reflection' : notes on representational and ethical possibilities in Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka

dc.contributor.authorSchaffer, Alfreden_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-11T06:16:03Z
dc.date.available2017-08-11T06:16:03Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationSchaffer, A. 2016. 'A reflection of a reflection' : notes on representational and ethical possibilities in Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 53(2):147-160, doi:10.17159/tvl.v.53i2.12.
dc.identifier.issn2309-9070 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0041-476X (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/tvl.v.53i2.12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102087
dc.descriptionCITATION: Schaffer, A. 2016. 'A reflection of a reflection' : notes on representational and ethical possibilities in Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 53(2):147-160, doi:10.17159/tvl.v.53i2.12.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://journals.assaf.org.za/tvl
dc.description.abstractIn January 2014, I published a Dutch poetry volume Mens Dier Ding (Man Animal Thing) in the Netherlands and Belgium. The book is partly based on research around the historical figure of Chaka, and especially Chaka’s fictional representation in three versions of Thomas Mofolo’s Chaka, namely the English translation by F. H. Dutton, the later translation by Daniel P. Kunene, and the Afrikaans translation by Chris Swanepoel. In other words, Man Animal Thing is a work of poetic fiction based on (or “inspired by”) a work of fiction. This brings with it representational and ethical problems: what is used from which text, what is the tipping point between writing and merely copying, for which type of reader in which context and culture is the new work of fiction meant, and what are the consequences of portraying and imaging a fictional and historical figure? This article tries to highlight several aspects of the creative process of misreading, researching, writing, portraying and transforming in Mens Dier Ding. It explores how “translating” a work of fiction into another work of fiction is at the heart of the continuing conversation that is literature, and may even be a metaphor for postmodern, or better, metamodern literature, which is characterised by an oscillation between both modernism and postmodernism.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://journals.assaf.org.za/tvl/article/view/1481
dc.format.extent14 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherTydskrif vir Letterkunde Association
dc.subjectMofolo, Thomas,1875?-1948 -- Criticism and interpretationen_ZA
dc.subjectTranslating and interpretingen_ZA
dc.subjectAnachronismen_ZA
dc.subjectMetamodernismen_ZA
dc.subjectEthicsen_ZA
dc.subjectAdaptationen_ZA
dc.title'A reflection of a reflection' : notes on representational and ethical possibilities in Thomas Mofolo’s Chakaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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