“Taal moet weerstand bied”: 'n Verkenning van Niggie
A literary analysis is done of Ingrid Winterbach's novel Niggie [“Cousin”], with specific focus on the nature and function of Anglo-Boer War material in Winterbach's text. This novel has a profound effect on the reader a century after the war, because it addresses postcolonial issues and predicaments such as a defragmenting identity, as well as the possible demise of the Afrikaans language and culture, faced by the descendants of those involved in the war a century ago. This article focuses on the use of language, the plot, characters and their well-chosen names, motifs and themes, crossing of taboo borders and the juxtaposition of the past and the present.
Keywords:Afrikaans language and culture, Anglo-Boer War, identity, Ingrid Winterbach.
> Tydskriff vir Letterkunde Vol. 44 (2) 2007: pp. 119-134