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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - G.H. Franz's : archetypes of time and the transcendence of history

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Abstract

This article examines the Northern Sotho play, "Modjadji", written by G.H. Franz. The text, about which there is little significant critical literature, presents in mythological terms the quest of the Lobedu rain queen, Modjadji, for secure governance and release from the exigencies of history, both for herself and her people. Through staged ritual, the play evokes archetypes of time to raise a mythic consciousness. This ontology employs a notion of circular time to transcend linearity and its inexorable teleology. Ultimately, the text attempts to extract viable elements of traditional epistemology in order to accommodate its addressees to modernity.


Hierdie artikel ondersoek die Noord-Sotho toneelstuk "Modjadji", geskryf deur G.H. Franz. Dié teks, waaroor daar min belangrike toneelkritiek bestaan, beeld in mitologiese terme die soektog uit van die Lobedu-reënkoningin, Modjadji, na 'n gevestigde regeringswyse vir haar mense, sowel as haar eie bevryding van die wisselvalligheid van die geskiedenis. Deur middel van rituele toneelaksies ontsluit hierdie drama die argetipe van tyd tot 'n mitiese bewuswording. Hierdie ontologie toon hoe sirkulêre tyd die onverbiddelike teleologie van liniêre tyd te bowe kan kom. Bowenal poog die teks om lewensvatbare beginsels van die tradisionele kennisteorie uit te lig, om sodoende die gehoor met moderniteit in aanraking te bring.

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2009-12-01
2016-12-07
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