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"On your knees, white man": African (un)belongings in Rian Malan's 'My traitor's heart'
ERA - Humanities & Creative Arts 2009 (restricted)
  • Tony Simoes da Silva, University of Wollongong
Document Type
Journal Article
Publication Date
1-1-2007
Publication Details

Simoes da Silva, A. J. (2007). "On your knees, white man": African (un)belongings in Rian Malan's 'My traitor's heart'. Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and History of Ideas, 5 (2), 289-307.

Abstract
It would be unfair to see the figure of John Paul II on his knees on African soil during one of his many visits to the continent as the epitome of the White person's desire to atone for the many sins against Africa and its people. Unfair, but not entirely unreasonable; true, Pope John Paul II had a thing about going down on his knees. Nevertheless, the image remains an uncannily powerful one, not least because Christianity has long had an uncomfortable relationship with the African continent. Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, has remarked that "Imperialism and colonialism became sanctified by Christian grace" (Baugh 49).
Citation Information
Tony Simoes da Silva. ""On your knees, white man": African (un)belongings in Rian Malan's 'My traitor's heart'" (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tony_simoesdasilva/5/