n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Misleiding in W.F. Hermans se (1974) : research article

Volume 22, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



The Dutch author Willem Frederik Hermans became famous for the strategies he utilized to mislead and frustrate the reader in his novel (1958). This rhetorical process was meticulously analysed by W.H.M. Smulders in his book (1983). In this article relevant analytical instruments, inter alia a selection of those used by Smulders, are implemented regarding the author's next novel on the war, (1971). The conclusion of this article is that in the mentioned novel Hermans replaces a single mechanism in misleading the reader with a series of smaller, but still very effective similar strategies, to foreground man's inability to attain a grasp on reality.

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