- Joan Hambidge
Joan Hambidge (born
11 September 1956in Aliwal North, South Africa) is an Afrikaans poet, literary theorist and academic(the English surname notwithstanding). She is renowned (or arguably, notorious) for her "out-of-the-closet" style of writing. Her theoretic contributions deal mainly with Roland Barthes, deconstruction, postmodernism, psychoanalysisand metaphysics.
Hambidge studied at the
University of Stellenboschand the University of PretoriaShe received her doctorateunder André P. Brink at Rhodes Universityin 1985. She received a second doctoratefrom the University of Cape Townin 2001.
Although Hambidge says she discovered her
musewhen she was young, it was while she was a lecturerat the University of the North, Limpopo Province, South Africa, that she started to blossom as a writer.
She was awarded one of the most coveted South African literary prizes- the Eugene Marais Prize for literature- in
1986, for her second volume of poetry, "Bitterlemoene" ("Bitter Oranges"). She also won the Litera Prizeas well as the Poetry Institute of Africa Prizefor her poetry.
She is currently a
professorat the School of Languages and Literature at the University of Cape Town.
Her major creative works
Although she writes in
Afrikaans, Hambidge has translated some of her poetryinto English. Other translations have been made by an erstwhile colleague of hers, Jo Neland a close friend, Johann de Lange, (who is himself a poet). Her work has been published in the Netherlandsand the UK as well as in the USA.
Hambidge's interest in
literary theory(especially psychoanalysisand metafiction) is reflected in her creative works. She tackles the differences between theory and practice in "Judaskus" and writes about Roland Barthes, deconstructionand post-modernismin her 1995work "Postmodernisme".
Hambidge is a prolific traveller and writes a weekly column for a
Cape Towndaily, " Die Burger". She is a criticand columnist for the Afrikaansliterary e-zine"Litnet".
Hambidge is famous for her
iconoclasticand irreverent approach to Afrikaansliterary traditions and cultural idols and re-examines previously taboosubjects. She is also the first Afrikaans author to have dealt with lesbianismfrom an insider's point of view. She imposes a humorous and satirical twist on most of the subjects she tackles.
Volumes of poetry
* "Hartskrif" (1985) ("Heart Script")
* "Bitterlemoene" (1986) ("Bitter Oranges")
* "Die Anatomie van Melancholie" (1987) ("The anatomy of melancholy")
* "Palinodes" (1987)
* "Geslote Baan" (1988) ("Closed Circuit/Track")
* "Donker Labirint" (1989) ("Dark Labyrinth")
* "Gesteelde Appels" (1989) ("Stolen Apples")
* "Kriptonemie" (1989) ("Cryptonomy")
* "Verdraaide Raaisels" (1990) ("Twisted Riddles")
* "Die Somber Muse" (1990) ("The Sombre Muse")
* "Tachycardia" (1990)
* "Die Verlore Simbool" (1991) ("The Lost Symbol")
* "Interne Verhuising" (1995) ("Internal house moving")
* "Ewebeeld" (1997) ("Mirror Image")
* "Lykdigte" (2000) ("Cadaver Poems")
* "Ruggespraak" (2001) ("Back Speech")
* "The Coroner's Wife" (English translations of her poems)
* "Die Buigsaamheid van Verdriet" (2005) ("The bendability of sorrow")
* "En skielik is dit aand" (2006) ("And suddenly it's evening")
* "Koesnaatjies vir die proe" (2008)
* "Swart Koring" (1996) ("Black Corn") (Parody on the pulp romance novel, with a
* "Die Swart Sluier" (1998) ("The black veil") (Parody on pulp detective novels and ghost stories)
* "Judaskus" (1998) ("Judas Kiss")
* "Sewe Sonjas en wat hulle gedoen het" (2001) ("Seven Sonyas and what they did")
* "Skoppensboer" (2001) ("Jack of Spades": this refers to a
poemby Eugene Marais, that calls the grim reaperby this name)
* "Palindroom" (2008)
* "Kladboek" (2008) ("Blot Book")
* [http://www.oulitnet.co.za/seminaar/16hambidge.asp Litnet Literary e-zine, mostly in Afrikaans]
* [http://www.boekwurm.co.za/blad_skryf_fghij/hambidge_joan.html Article in Afrikaans on Joan Hambidge]
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