The dialectic between the West and Africa: A deconstructive approach to N.M. Khaketla’s works

  • Thato Mabolaeng Monyakane


This study seeks to establish which outlook (African or Western) the publishers of Sesotho literature wanted to promulgate at a given time in the three eras of its development, i.e. the missionary, apartheid and  post-apartheid eras. The article will consider Khaketla’s Mosali eo u ’neileng eena (1954), published by the missionaries, Khaketla’s ’Mantsopa (1963), published by Oxford University Press during the apartheid era, and Khaketla’s Sedibelo sa Nkgono (1996), which was published in the post-apartheid era. Using deconstruction theory, this article argues that while publishers had every intention to disseminate either Western or African views, both outlooks appear concurrently in Sesotho texts.

South African Journal of African Languages 2014, 34(2): 175–180

Author Biography

Thato Mabolaeng Monyakane
Department of African Languages, University of South Africa, PO Box 392, UNISA 0003, Pretoria, South Africa

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 2305-1159
print ISSN: 0257-2117