Original Articles

Time in Ntuli's short stories with specific reference to Uthingo Lwenkosazana

Published in: South African Journal of African Languages
Volume 10, issue 3, 1990 , pages: 98–108
DOI: 10.1080/02572117.1990.10586841
Author(s): Alexander StrachanDepartment of African Languages, Republic of South Africa


In this article time relations in the short story Uthingo lwenkosazana are investigated. The point of departure is narratological and two levels of the narrative text are surveyed. Furthermore an analysis is made of how the order, rhythm and frequency of the events in the ‘story-level’ differ from those in the ‘text-level’. Apart from the focus on this short story the article, in addition, presents a theoretical basis regarding time aspects in a narratological investigation. For wider relevancy, reference is constantly made to other short stories from D.B.Z. Ntuli's oeuvre.

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