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Title:[Special issue: Spirituality and sexuality in texts]
Editor:Stobie, CherylISNI
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa (ISSN 2159-9130)
Geographic terms:South Africa
About persons:Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda (1948-)ISNI
Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014)
Thando MgqolozanaISNI
Marlene Van Niekerk (1954-)ISNI
Anne Landsman (1959-)ISNI
Anna Elizabeth Krog (1952-)ISNI
Abstract:This special issue of 'Current Writing' emerged out of a research project on representations of spirituality and sexuality in literary texts which was carried out in South Africa between 2010 and 2012. The first five articles focus on specific novels by South African authors of different ages, ethnicities, genders and religious beliefs. The next three articles encompass different geographical regions, periods and modes of writing. Irene Visser examines the interrelationship between spirituality and sexuality in two novels by Zakes Mda, 'The heart of redness' and 'Ways of dying'. Employing the concept of secular spirituality as a critical lens, Ileana Dimitriu responds to J.M. Coetzee's observation of a recent turn to the spiritual in the work of Nadine Gordimer. Cheryl Stobie examines Thando Mgqolozana's provocative novel 'Hear me alone', which re-imagines the biblical story of the virginal conception of Jesus from an African perspective. Jean Rossmann employs theories propounded by Jacques Derrida, Luce Irigaray and Mary Douglas to foreground the representation of the character Mol in terms of both Christ and Mary in Marlene van Niekerk's 'Triomf'. Stuart Thomas uses J.M. Coetzee's comments on the 'plaasroman', Derrida's theories of hospitality, and Mike Marais's responses to these, to examine portrayals of sexuality and spirituality in Anne Landsman's 'The devil's chimney'. Mbongeni Malaba analyses two texts, Stanlake Samkane's novel 'The mourned one', and Charles Mungoshi's short story 'Sacrifice', illustrating the tensions between African traditional religion and education provided by Christian missionaries in Rhodesia and, later, Zimbabwe. Michael Wessels examines the implications of Antjie Krog's argument that the Khoisan were the originators of an interconnected spiritual world view offering the basis for a new national unity in South Africa. Annie Gagiano provides a personal historical journey through lyric poetry which handles themes of the confluence between spirituality and sexuality. She offers readings of poems by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Blake, Tennyson, Yeats, Lawrence, Frost, Walcott, Mazisi Kunene and Leon de Kock. [ASC Leiden abstract]