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Herman Charles Bosman's treatment of race relations in Mafeking Road

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dc.contributor.author Malinda, Rhinas Ntshavheni
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-12T12:43:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-12T12:43:30Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-12
dc.date.submitted 2000
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7671
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract This mini-dissertation deals with Herman Charles Bosman's depiction of racial prejudice among the different racial groups in South Africa in the period of the 1930s and 40s. The overarching issue of the narrator's racism forms the focus of discussion. Oom Schalk Lourens's storytelling techniques are a matter of cardinal importance that colours the entire interpretation of Mafeking Road. The introductory section of this study provides some biographical details about the author himself. This is followed by an exploration of Bosman's treatment of race and racial issues in three stories. Bosman's exploration of race relations involving blacks, Indians, whites as well as other minority groups is a reflection of his genuine concern for South Africa's future society as a whole. In the course of this study a brief analysis is also made of the author's portrayal of female characters. In the conclusion Bosman's overall achievement in terms of the major theme, race relations, is assessed. It is argued that the overt racism of Bosman's narrator Oom Schalk Lourens cannot be ascribed to the author himself; that it is the case, rather, that the author manipulates his narrator to achieve an ironic effect. In the final analysis, Bosman is critical of the racist attitudes his characters display, but his method is to satirise and debunk these attitudes gently and obliquely. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Bosman, Herman Charles, 1905-1951. Mafeking Road en_US
dc.subject Race relations in literature en_US
dc.title Herman Charles Bosman's treatment of race relations in Mafeking Road en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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