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Synergy I: Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation and Existence in Literature

Edited By A.Nejat Töngür and Yıldıray Çevik

Studies on the distinguished works of English and American literature of various genres like poetry, plays and fiction are included in this book focusing on and around the central themes of “Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation, and Existence.” The aim of the book is to investigate the issues of “Marginalisation, Discrimination, Isolation, and Existence” within the frameworks of gender, colonization, multiculturalism, religion, race, generation gap, politics, technology, immigration, and class.

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X: TRANSNATIONALIZING POST-APARTHEID LIFESTYLES IN “CULTURAL HYBRIDITY” AS REFLECTED IN COCONUT (Yıldıray ÇEVİK)

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Abstract: The study deals with how Kopano Matlwa, in her novel Coconut (2007) explores the points of cleavages, transnationalism experiences, and changing cultural norms in South Africa. The arguments in the novel are connected to the issues affiliated with the new identities in post-apartheid South Africa and with a theoretical context where a writer such as de Kock (2011) describes the South African public space portrayed in English literature after the 1990s as aligned to global trends in which social identity has “transformed from national to transnational” because the factors rallying South African writers of fictions around a national cause have eroded. Further, the focus is on how race-disoriented Africans are represented in socio-historical moments, exploring Black identity issues in post-apartheid South Africa through accounts of the two characters, which run parallel to each other. The title “coconut” derives from a term used to refer to a person who is “black on the outside but white on the inside” (McKinney, 2004, p. 17). Thus, the pitfalls of binary thinking and post-modernist approaches are considered within racist and political approaches. The paper also handles South African social and racial realities, depicting how apartheid overpower affects race relations and how political formations feed on inequalities and fix identical survivals through adaptations to altering conditions as Matlwa explores dual protagonists within the multiplicity of contemporary society equality.

Keywords: transnationalism, the disparity of thinking, divided identity, South Africa, Coconut, Kopano Matlwa

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