The focalisation of narratives of history in A. P. Brink’s Sandkastele

towards a translation

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Abstract

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
Pages557-567
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

Conference

ConferencePALA XIX
Abbreviated titlePALA XIX
CountrySouth Africa
CityPotchefstroom
Period29/03/991/04/99

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