n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - "Ek is besig om iemand heeltemal anders te word ..." : die ontginning van liminaliteit in deur Anoeschka von Meck : research article

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



The concepts of liminality, transition and borders are utilised extensively in "Vaselinetjie" by Anoeschka von Meck (2004). This is especially the case regarding her use of characterisation, focalisation, time and space (including place and landscape) in the construction of identity. As a liminal character, Vaseline finds herself in different kinds of liminal spaces on a regular basis, like the children's home, which is foregrounded in the novel, as well as in consecutive preliminal, liminal and postliminal phases. The children's home is an essentially liminal space, but from the perspective of Vaseline it is firstly gradually transformed into a place to which meaning is attached, and secondly to a landscape of belonging, as she expresses her solidarity with the scorned group of children in the home. On the one hand the children's home is characterised by a certain liminal essence, but on the other hand it can be regarded as "a realm of pure possibility" (Turner, 1967:97).

Die konsepte liminaliteit, oorgange en grense word op talle maniere ontgin in "Vaselinetjie" deur Anoeschka von Meck (2004). Die ontginning geld veral die hantering van karakterisering, fokalisasie, tyd en ruimte (wat plek en landskap insluit) in die konstruksie van identiteit. As liminale karakter bevind Vaselinetjie haar voortdurend in verskillende liminale ruimtes, soos die kinderhuis wat voorop gestel word, asook in opeenvolgende preliminale, liminale en postliminale fases. Die kinderhuis is as sodanig 'n essensieel liminale ruimte, maar binne die optiek van Vaselinetjie groei dit eerstens uit tot 'n plek waaraan sy betekenis verbind en tweedens tot 'n landskap van behoort, as sy solidariteit betoon met die veragte kinderhuisgroep. Terwyl die kinderhuis dus enersyds 'n liminale essensie besit, kan dit andersyds beskou word as "a realm of pure possibility" (Turner, 1967:97).

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