Texts by Afrikaans women writers

Louise Vijoen, Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, University of Stellenbosch

Part 3 of the author's "Postcolonialism and Recent Women's Writing in Afrikaans," which first appeared in World Literature Today and which appears here with the kind permission of the author and Dr. William Riggan, editor of that publication. Copyright, of course, remains with the author and World Literature Today. Many thanks to Eric Dickens for suggesting the inclusion of this important essay.
The texts by Lettie Viljoen, Antjie Krog, Emma Huismans, Riana Scheepers and Marlene van Niekerk I have chosen for discussion represent only a small sample of Afrikaans women's writing since the eighties. Texts by writers like Elsa Joubert, Wilma Stockenström, Jeannette Ferreira, Reza de Wet, Welma Odendaal, Jeanne Goosen, Dalene Matthee, Marita van der Vyver, Rachelle Greeff and Johnita le Roux could just as well have been used to demonstrated the various forms of oppositional and complicit postcolonialism present in the Afrikaans women's writing in the past decade.

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