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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Elise Muller : die verrassende in die skynbaar doodgewone : research article
Elise Muller : surprises in the seemingly commonplace
In the late fifties, N.P. van Wyk Louw characterised Die vrou op die skuit, a collection of short stories by Elise Muller, as a text typical of traditional Afrikaans writing - realistic, local and homely. In this article, we would argue, however, that a rereading of the prose of Elise Muller proves her work to be far from traditional. In a number of her stories she satirises patriarchy, exposes racism and questions conventional views of God and religion. Under the apparently conventional surface, her stories often reveal a surprising unconventionality. In fact, she could be regarded as a forerunner, or even a member, of the revolutionary Movement of the Sixties.
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