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J.R.L. Rafapa : an exploration of his novels

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dc.contributor.advisor Serudu, M. S. Boshego, Peter Lepono, 1952- 2015-01-23T04:23:57Z 2015-01-23T04:23:57Z 1998-11
dc.identifier.citation Boshego, Peter Lepono, 1952- (1998) J.R.L. Rafapa : an exploration of his novels, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The main objective of this study is to explore the literariness in JRL Rafapa's novels published between 1979-1991. This study was prompted by views of literary scholars who claim that post-0.K. Matsepe writers such as Rafapa were all influenced by Matsepe's writings to such an extent that they actually emulate his themes, settings, characters, plots and so on. This kind of emulation is said to have put the Northern Sotho Novel in a cul-de-sac. The modus operandi in this study is as follows: Chapter one deals with the aim of study, critical comments on the post-Matsepe writers, biographical sketch on Rafapa, literary approaches and method as well as the scope. The second chapter concentrates on the relationship between the writer and characters as his creations. It also deals with conventional character stereotypes such as the hero, the opponent and the supporter. Narrative strategies such as self-display or exteriorization, the narrative voice and the creation of an autobiographical narrative are also looked into. Chapter three explores Rafapa's themes. The main themes discussed are: social decay, madness and vengeance, as well as protest and conflict. We conclude the chapter by examining Rafapa's titles. Chapter four focuses closely on "place" and "time" in Rafapa's novels. The two mentioned aspects of setting are discussed separately according to: place as a space of action and place as acting space. convoluted time and chronological time. The chapter ends with a brief discussion of the functions of setting. Rafapa's idiolect is dealt with in chapter five. Here, we consider the word as the writer's main tool of communication. The use of words in different types of sentences as well as in various types of paragraphs come into focus. Chapter six looks into Rafapa's use of non-prose forms such as the interior monologue, the dialogue and the praise poems as the writer's means of extending meaning. Chapter seven is the recapitulation of the main findings in the thesis. It also touches on aspects which may form bases for future research. It is followed by a bibliography and an Appendix. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 287 leaves)
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject.ddc 896.397713209
dc.subject.lcsh Northern Sotho fiction -- History and criticism en
dc.title J.R.L. Rafapa : an exploration of his novels en
dc.type Thesis
dc.description.department African Languages D.Litt. et Phil. (African Languages)

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