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dc.contributor.author Mabuku, Flora Likezo
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-27T18:30:50Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-27T18:30:50Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2315
dc.description A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in English Studies en_US
dc.description.abstract This study critically examines how apartheid and the erasure of an African’s identity are presented in ‘Master Harold’ …and the Boys and ‘Sizwe Bansi is Dead’. Purposive sampling was employed since the selected plays addressed the themes of apartheid and the erasure of the African’s identity which is the main focus of this study. The study used qualitative research design as it is based on data expressed in the form of words, descriptions, accounts, opinions and feelings. Content analysis was also used to make inferences concerning apartheid and the erasure of the African’s identity. The study employed two theories. The post-colonialism theory is employed to explore that form of social criticism that bears witness to the unequal and uneven process of representation, power, agency, history and subjectivity as well as what grows out of and away from colonialism. Marxism as a theory views the idea of class struggle within the two races presented in the two texts. The study found that Fugard employed these two plays to attack the ruthless apartheid system that dehumanised the South African black population. During this period black South Africans had been used by white South Africans as cheap labourers, a practice that made black South Africans appear vulnerable. The study further found that the black South Africans were robbed of their identity which they later reclaimed in a criminal way. The study recommends that future researchers could consider examining the role of the white women in collaboration with their male counterparts in preserving apartheid and also to examine the themes of hybridity and mimicry and their effects on the black man in the apartheid era. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Apartheid en_US
dc.subject Athol Fugards en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fugard, Athol, Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Politics and literature, Africa
dc.subject.lcsh African fiction (English)
dc.title Exploring apartheid and the erasure of an African identity: a critical analysis of athol fugards's 'Sizwe Banzi is dead' and Master Harold and the boys en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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