IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(5): 282-286 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.835

Sindiwe Magona’s To My Children’s Children and Mother to Mother. A Customised Womanist Notion of Home within Feminist Perspectives

Lesibana Rafapa
Abstract—In this paper I discuss the intersection of global feminism and Magona’s refracted womanism in her major autobiographies To My Children’s Children and Mother to Mother, utilizing the concept of home. I argue that Magona’s notion of feminism has developed as she was interacting with shifting orientations of various sub-groups of feminism across the ages. This is why I analyse her two works in order to trace influences of second and third wave feminisms, in exploring the continuum of her own brand of feminism. I probe Magona’s valuing of identity as a tool for liberation. I proceed to exhibit that the feminist discourse of Magona’s two major works consistently identifies with a layer of 1970s third wave or new generation feminists who sought to move subjugated voices from the periphery to the centre. I use the perspectives outlined above to scrutinise Magona’s two major works in a manner showing her to craft her nuanced idea of home dialectically within the development of global feminist theory even as I show how she appropriated the theory.

Index Terms—Feminism, home, Sindiwe Magona, South African, apartheid.

Lesibana Rafapa is with the University of South Africa (UNISA) (e-mail: rafaplj@unisa.ac.za).

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Cite: Lesibana Rafapa, "Sindiwe Magona’s To My Children’s Children and Mother to Mother. A Customised Womanist Notion of Home within Feminist Perspectives," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 5, pp. 282-286, 2017.

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