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dc.contributor.author Midzi, Penelope T.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-10T14:16:19Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-10T14:16:19Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2533
dc.description A research thesis submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in English Studies en_US
dc.description.abstract The arguments presented in this study deal with the complicated factors associated with the formation of new identities in post-apartheid South Africa and Anglo-Saxon Protestant American communities. This study provides a comparative analysis of identity and belonging as portrayed in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (1970) and Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut (2007). Furthermore, the study explores how identity and belonging relate to issues of standards of white beauty, self-loathing and racial discrimination. This study is based on a desktop research as no field work was carried out. The two novels were selected using purposive sampling for their emphasis on the themes of identity and belonging. The Du Bois’ Double Consciousness concept and Post-colonial theory were used as literary theories to support the study. This study reveals that most of Toni Morrison’s and Kopano Matlwa’s black characters aspire to change circumstances by either accepting and adopting the white culture that surrounds them or by outrightly rejecting it as unacceptable. The findings of this study point to several factors as responsible for the loss of identity and belonging and these include various forms of racial segregation, cultural and linguistic differences. This is more pronounced and evident in racially divided communities where people tend to judge one another based on skin colour and language differences. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject Belonging en_US
dc.title A comparative analysis of identity and belonging in Kopano Matlwa's account and Tony Morrison's The Bluest Eye en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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