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Mapping the Contours of an Imperial and Domestic Settler Subjectivity: Hylda Richards and the Heteroglossia of her Epoch

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dc.contributor.author Ngoshi, Hazel T.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-04T08:49:16Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-04T08:49:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 2078-9785
dc.identifier.uri https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258051501_Mapping_the_Contours_of_an_Imperial_and_Domestic_Settler_Subjectivity_Hylda_Richards_and_the_Heteroglossia_of_her_Epoch
dc.description.abstract Bakhtinian dialogism places great emphasis on situating texts within the dialogues of their historical contexts. this article deploys Bakhtin's concept of heteroglossia to identify ideological and discursive currents/voices running through Hylda Richards' Next Year Will be Better, an autobiographical account. The context in which these currents are discussed is the construction of autobiographical subjectivity. This article argues that Richards' subjectivity is constituted against the background of a historical epoch populated with the heteroglossia of imperial and colonial societies. The subjectivities that emerge in this context are those of pioneer and domestic settler subjects. In addition, the article maps the relationship between Richards' narrative to the languages of her epoch and how she articulates these. The discussion establishes that her utterances in the narrative are polemical and largely inspired by pre-existing scripts about the condition of Africa and the moral superiority of white people, especially the English race. The article foregrounds Bakhtin's insistence on the impossibility of forming self-identities outside dialogue, whether subjects are conscious of the dialogising words or not. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Unisa Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Imbizo:International Journal of African Literary and Comparative Studies;Vol. 3, No. 2; p. 34-46
dc.subject Heteroglossia, dialogism, imperial subjectivity, domestic settler subjectivity, discursive formations, historical epoch en_US
dc.title Mapping the Contours of an Imperial and Domestic Settler Subjectivity: Hylda Richards and the Heteroglossia of her Epoch en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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