The Open UniversitySkip to content

'The Broken String': Re-Membering the Homeland in a Postcolonial Context

Walder, Dennis (2007). 'The Broken String': Re-Membering the Homeland in a Postcolonial Context. In: Palusci, Oriana ed. Postcolonial Studies: Changing Perceptions. Labirinti (97). Trento, Italy: Universita degli Studi di Trento, pp. 51–65.

Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


The urge to create a new sense of identity by invoking a real or imagined, collective past or homeland among people deeply affected by colonialism, such as South Africans today, is exemplified by the author's personal history, the rewriting by certain writers and poets of a San/Bushman song named 'The Broken String', and by the creation of a new motto and Coat of Arms for the country. But this tendency towards 'restorative' nostalgia needs to be corrected by a more critical remembering, potentially leading to restitution.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 88-8443-175-1, 978-88-8443-175-2
Keywords: remembering;identity;memory;nostalgia;homeland;post-colonial;redefinition;restitution;Bleek/Lloyd translations;Bushman;South Africa;Mbeki
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Art History, Classical Studies, English and Creative Writing, Music
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 7375
Depositing User: Dennis Walder
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:00
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU