Padmaker

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Heerden, Etienne en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Le Roux, Cornelia Christina en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-31T19:32:23Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-31T19:32:23Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Le Roux, C. 2008. Padmaker. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10700
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This novel narrates the lives of the white working class in the years following 1950. It is a fictionalised autobiography which, as an ego document, narrates the experiences of a family of "padmakers" (road builders). These blue-collar workers built and maintained South Africa's roads in the years between 1951 and 1980 and lived transient lives, moving from town to town, unsettling their families. The author, being the child of one such a family, researched the craft of road building extensively and brings to the story the textures and living conditions of the nomadic, marginalized existences of families in the road camps of those years. The protagonist in the novel is an adult woman journeying through the countryside, researching her past, worrying about the veracity of memory, and trying to understand her own childhood trauma within her family. She remembers her father as the hardworking, approachable parent in whom she found comfort and solace. Despite his own burdens - especially an accident in which a child was killed with a road grader ~ he tried to lighten the household where his dysfunctional wife ruled. During her journey - both literal and figurative - the protagonist learns about the destructive and complicated condition - Munchaussen Syndrome - her mother had always suffered from. Learning more and more about herself and discovering the past and the influence it had on her as an adult, the protagonist comes to an understanding of her mother. en_ZA
dc.language.iso afr en_ZA
dc.subject.other Creative Writing en_ZA
dc.title Padmaker en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of English Language and Literature en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Le Roux, C. C. (2008). <i>Padmaker</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of English Language and Literature. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10700 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Le Roux, Cornelia Christina. <i>"Padmaker."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of English Language and Literature, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10700 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Le Roux CC. Padmaker. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of English Language and Literature, 2008 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10700 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Le Roux, Cornelia Christina AB - This novel narrates the lives of the white working class in the years following 1950. It is a fictionalised autobiography which, as an ego document, narrates the experiences of a family of "padmakers" (road builders). These blue-collar workers built and maintained South Africa's roads in the years between 1951 and 1980 and lived transient lives, moving from town to town, unsettling their families. The author, being the child of one such a family, researched the craft of road building extensively and brings to the story the textures and living conditions of the nomadic, marginalized existences of families in the road camps of those years. The protagonist in the novel is an adult woman journeying through the countryside, researching her past, worrying about the veracity of memory, and trying to understand her own childhood trauma within her family. She remembers her father as the hardworking, approachable parent in whom she found comfort and solace. Despite his own burdens - especially an accident in which a child was killed with a road grader ~ he tried to lighten the household where his dysfunctional wife ruled. During her journey - both literal and figurative - the protagonist learns about the destructive and complicated condition - Munchaussen Syndrome - her mother had always suffered from. Learning more and more about herself and discovering the past and the influence it had on her as an adult, the protagonist comes to an understanding of her mother. DA - 2008 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2008 T1 - Padmaker TI - Padmaker UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10700 ER - en_ZA


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