The focalisation of narratives of history in A. P. Brink’s Sandkastele: towards a translation

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In his novel Sandkastele [SK] (Imaginings of Sand [IS]1), A. P. Brink employsvarious narrative levels to create a contemporary perspective on a history of SouthAfrica. Against the backdrop of the political tension of the early nineties leading upto the general election of 1994, the first person narrator is drawn into a web ofstories/histories related by her dying grandmother. The resulting labyrinth ofnarratives presents a particularly challenging problem to the translator in terms ofdealing with the proprietary relations in and around the text. In this paper I willdiscuss the significance of focalisation in addressing this problem by showing how ananalysis of aspects related to focalisation (such as its deictic markers) can assist thetranslator in a rewriting of the source text.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoetics, linguistics and history - Discourses of War and Conflict
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of PALA 19, Potchefstroom University, South Africa, March 1999
EditorsIna Biermann, Annette Combrink
Place of PublicationSouth Africa
PublisherPotchefstroom University
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)0952330172, 9780952330172
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventPALA XIX: Poetics, linguistics and history: discourses of war and conflict - Potchefstroom University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Duration: 29 Mar 19991 Apr 1999


ConferencePALA XIX
Abbreviated titlePALA XIX
Country/TerritorySouth Africa


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