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    Generating Sympathy for Specific Characters and Events in Mandla Langa’s The Dead Men Who Lost Their Bones(1996)

    In this article, I investigate MandlaLanga’s short story, The Dead Men Who Lost Their Bones , by applying GérardGenette’s Narrative Discourse and Narrative Discourse Revisited along with MikhailBakhtin’s Dialogic Imagination to the text. By highlighting the way in which Langa employs narrational strategies to generate meaning in the story, I aim to correct the critical neglect of this aspect of his work. It is established that two narrational modes– intradiegetic–homodiegetic and intradiegetic–metadiegetic– are employed by two central characters in the narrative. The first character narrator is Clementine, the daughter of the second narrator, SimeonNgozi. This produces a heterodiegetic narrative, that is, a multiple narrative strategy. This multi-voiced polyphonic narrative accentuates the plight of the main characters and their struggles under oppressive and exploitive conditions in apartheid South Africa. It also generates sympathy for these events as well as for Clementine and her father.

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      Literary studies
      narrating voice,Gérard Genette,narrational strategies,Mandla Langa,sympathy,Narrational strategies,dialogism,Mikhail Bakhtin
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      A sound piece of academic writing. You have demonstrated that you understand how to construct and present your argument. Your title and content are beautifully attuned. Well done, Dzuni.


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