N.P. van Wyk Louw en die utopie van 'n nasionale letterkunde

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dc.contributor.author Cattell, Karin
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-13T10:26:40Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-13T10:26:40Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03-13T10:26:40Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/6730
dc.description.abstract N.P. van Wyk Louw redefined the context-bound Afrikaans literature and criticism in the thirties to establish a new ‘national’ creative and critical discourse in Afrikaans. The central premise of this study is the correlation between Louw’s conceptualisation of a ‘national’ literature and Paul Ricoeur’s interpretation of utopia. In the essay collections Berigte te velde and Lojale verset (1939) Louw offers a new and confrontational grasp on the established Afrikaans literature and criticism (social and literary) within the context of Afrikaans nationalism. Louw formulates his directives for literature and society in a system of oppositional concepts. The central dualism in as well as the intellectual and structural foundation of his innovative ideas is the conceptualisation of a ‘national’ and ‘colonial’ literature. In accordance with Ricoeur’s oppositional analysis of utopia and ideology (1978a, 1981b, 1986), Louw’s distinction between a ‘national’ and ‘colonial’ literature is investigated in this study as a binary opposition based on the dualism utopia/ideology. The exploration of the ‘national’ literature as utopia and the ‘colonial’ as ideology includes the role of subordinate oppositions, among which are individual/nation and individual/national identity, in the sustaining of this polar structure. The unavoidable conflict between and exclusion of opposing elements are demonstrated by an analysis of the breaks in the reconciliation which Louw tries to effect between the ‘national’ and ‘colonial’ literatures. With reference to Ricoeur and Thompson (1984) the function of power as the common factor in utopia/ideology and the ‘national’/’colonial’ literature is investigated, and the realisation of an element of power in Louw’s critical discourse is explored. Key words: N.P. van Wyk Louw, Paul Ricoeur, binary opposition, Afrikaner nationalism, national literature, utopia, ideology, identity, power en
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dc.subject N.P. van Wyk Louw en
dc.subject Paul Ricoeur en
dc.subject Binere opposisie en
dc.subject Afrikaner-nasionalisme en
dc.subject nasionale letterkunde en
dc.subject utopie en
dc.subject ideologie en
dc.subject identiteit en
dc.subject mag en
dc.title N.P. van Wyk Louw en die utopie van 'n nasionale letterkunde en
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