Sexual Transgression: An Answer to the Immorality Act in André Brink’s An Instant in the Wind

Dr. DJAHA N’de Tano


This article investigates, through Michel Foucault’s work about sexuality and transgression, the transgression as it is articulated through André Brink’s An Instant in the Wind. This sexuality is related to the socio-political shifts underway in the depth of the apartheid regime. In this article, transgression is posited as a dissident tactic towards transformation of ways of thinking sexuality during apartheid. Transgression challenges this sexuality on constant assistance as a defined and reified entity which reflects the position of André Brink on sexual matters. Depicting sexual transgression in his novel becomes a literary weapon for getting down one of the essential pillar of the apartheid regime: the Immorality Act.

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