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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - 'Never one thing. Always one thing and another' : 'n inleidende poëtikale vergelyking van Ivan Vladislavić en Etienne Leroux : original research

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Abstract

As talestudent aan Wits, in die sewentigerjare, was Ivan Vladislavić se hoofvakke Engels en Afrikaans. Hy erken in onderhoude die invloed van Afrikaanse skrywers soos Breyten Breytenbach, Jan Rabie, John Miles en Etienne Leroux op sy eie werk. Vladislavić se werk vind opvallend aansluiting by dié van Etienne Leroux. Die poëtikale verwantskap tussen Vladislavić en Leroux is veral in die volgende geleë: eerstens, dat albei skrywers verrys bo 'n skryfmodus wat kenmerkend van hul tyd was of daaraan voorafgegaan het en, tweedens, dat hulle 'n opvallend gelyksoortige keuse maak, naamlik ten gunste van die verbeelding. Sowel Vladislavić as Leroux se skrywerskap volg op kritieke historiese keerpunte: onderskeidelik die Tweede Wêreldoorlog en die val van apartheid. In albei gevalle is die samelewing se geloof in die bestaande orde en sy funderingsmites ernstig aangetas. In my bydrae vergelyk ek die outeurspoëtika van Vladislavić en Leroux met spesifieke aandag aan hul skryfkundige besinning oor (historiese) oorgang en verandering. Wat betref eksterne poëtika, gaan ek uitvoerig in op geselekteerde onderhoude met, en essays van, beide. Aangesien dit hier om 'n eerste of inleidende verkenning gaan, beperk ek my sover dit interne poëtika aangaan vernaamlik tot die studie van kortprosa. Daar word gefokus op geselekteerde kortverhale in Vladislavić se en Leroux se .


As a language student at Wits in the 1970s, Ivan Vladislavić's main subjects were English and Afrikaans. His interest in Afrikaans literature has since been expressed in interviews during which he acknowledged the influence of Afrikaans authors such as Breyten Breytenbach, Jan Rabie, John Miles and Etienne Leroux on his own work.Vladislavić's writing bears a striking resemblance to the work of Etienne Leroux. Their relatedness in terms of poetics resides in the following: Firstly, both authors have risen above a mode of writing which either dominated the times in which they were writing or directly preceded it, and, secondly, they have made noticeably similar choices - in favour of the imagination. The writing of both Vladislavić and Leroux follows in the wake of critical historical junctures: the Second World War and the fall of apartheid, respectively. In both cases, society's faith in the established order and its foundational myths foundered. In my contribution, I compare the authorial poetics of Vladislavić and Leroux in terms of their reflection on (historical) transition and change. As far as external poetics is concerned, I provide an elaborate overview of selected interviews with, and essays by, both authors. Since this article is a preliminary or introductory survey, the discussion of the authors' internal poetics concentrates mainly on short prose with specific attention to selected short stories in Vladislavić's and Leroux's .

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2012-01-01
2016-12-08
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