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Type Journal Article - Literator
Title Constructing the autobiographical self, collective identity and spiritual spaces in South African queer autobiography
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Volume 35
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 9-pages
URL http://www.literator.org.za/index.php/literator/article/view/1081/1526
Abstract
This article examines four recent collections of South African queer autobiographies. These are: Hijab: Unveiling queer Muslim lives, Yes I am! Writing by South African gay men, Reclaiming the L-word: Sappho’s daughters out in Africa and Trans: Transgender life stories from South Africa. Selected narratives from each collection have been analysed in order to exhibit the relational nature of autobiographical self-construction through an exploration of how it is specifically constructed in spiritual or religious spaces. The ubuntu theology of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is analysed as it intersects with representations of spirituality and religion in the texts. This article seeks to highlight the socio-political value of the texts and their functioning as important tools in the struggle for equality in which the queer minority currently find themselves.

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