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oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Literêre prestige : die geval Eleanor Baker : geesteswetenskappe

 

Abstract

Deur 'n resepsie-ondersoek word aangetoon hoe Eleanor Baker, wat deur D. van Zyl (2006) en Human-Nel (2009) as 'n enigsins miskende vroueskrywer bestempel word, se literêre reputasie (dus: prestige) die produk van literêre oordeel en evaluasie word. Met die fokus op Baker se resepsiegeskiedenis, word (i) gekyk na die rol van André P. Brink, asook ander kritici en resensente, as kanoniseerders en agente van verandering, veral gedurende die 1980's en vroeg 1990's; en word (ii) die uitwerking van Baker se doelbewuste besluit om nie noodwendig "betrokke" nie, maar eerder oor die alledaagse en verhoudings tussen mense te skryf, ondersoek. Die slotsom is dat Baker se vroulike tematiek, haar toeganklikheid, die handgrepe tipies van populêre fiksie in haar werk en haar warsheid van politieke betrokkenheid haar plek in die kanon negatief geraak het.


In this article the point of departure is that the concept literature is of a hypothetical nature and like the literary canon is dependent on many extraneous factors. This includes current literary norms and the (literary) taste of the so-called upper class: literary canons often reflect the dominant values of ruling classes, or social elites, as well as the leading figures (sometimes called tastemakers) within the literary field. Yet not all written texts have the same potential for aesthetic appreciation. Furthermore, some texts have a greater possibility of surviving their own time-of-production.

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2016-12-05
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