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.