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Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Volume 5, Issue 1, 2008
Volume 5, Issue 1, 2008
Author Stephanus MullerSource: Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe 5, pp 1 –20 (2008)More Less
Music history and fiction : Hans Holleman and Arnold van Wyk in Holmer Johanssen's Novel GetyIn 1938 Unie-Volkspers Beperk in Cape Town published an Afrikaans novel by Holmer Johanssen (pseudonym of the anthropologist Hans Holleman). The title of this literary debut by Johanssen was Gety (""Tide""), a work overshadowed by his 1944 book Die Onterfdes (""The Disinherited""), but still remembered as exemplary of the influence of the Neue Sachlichkeit in Afrikaans. From a musicological perspective the novel is important because of the way in which it connects the cultural life of Cape Town in the 1930s with music. This article starts by considering examples and, by extension, modalities of the intersection between fiction and music history. South African precedents are listed and briefly discussed before the focus turns to Johanssen's Gety in the second section of the article. By combining a reading of Gety and primary documents from the Arnold van Wyk collection in the J.S. Gericke Library at Stellenbosch University, this section links characters and events in Gety with documented historical figures and events, thus providing Johanssen's novel with a previously unknown autobiographical and historical context. Special attention is paid to Johanssen's descriptionption of a string quartet performance in Cape Town, and how this could relate to the youthful string quartets in Arnold van Wyk's juvenilia. The hypothesis is considered that Johanssen descriptionbes the first performance of Van Wyk's E minor String Quartet in his novel. In addition to connecting this and other events in this novel with documents in the Van Wyk collection, the article provides a systematic perspective on the development of Van Wyk's interest in the string quartet medium, contextualising his more mature string quartet writing found in the Five Elegies for String Quartet (1941) and the First String Quartet (1946). A window of mimetic truth is thus opened on the early compositional production of Arnold van Wyk and aspects of his personal life. Following Paul Ricoeur's theorisation of the connections between historical time and fictive time in Time and Narrative, the last and third section of the article poses the general question on the relationship between history and fiction in order to speculate on how these two narrative traditions co-exist and are interwoven. The possibility is considered that Gety, because of its fictional conceit, could provide an alternative view of historical reality to that made possible by music historiography.
Author Johann RossouwSource: Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe 5, pp 21 –42 (2008)More Less
Technics and Republic : Varying concepts of freedom in Afrikaner and South African politicsIn this article different concepts of freedom that have occurred especially among Afrikaners, and to a lesser extent in South African politics, since the Dutch establishment at the Cape are investigated with reference to the three technical milieus or mediaspheres in which Afrikaners have found themselves so far. After a very short overview of aspects of the thought of Bernard Stiegler and Régis Debray's philosophy of technics these aspects are applied to especially Afrikaners and, to a lesser extent, South African political history. The hypothesis is defended that distance was and remains the most important factor in the South African political economy. This hypothesis is defended with an interpretation of Afrikaners' political history in the logosphere, the graphosphere and the videosphere. The article concludes with some speculative remarks on Afrikaners, Afrikaans and South Africa in the contemporary videosphere.
Author Steward Van WykSource: Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe 5, pp 43 –57 (2008)More Less
S.V. Petersen's magazine storiesS.V. Petersen (1914-1987) is known for his poetry and is regarded as the first black Afrikaans poet. He started his writing career with a number of short stories and sketches that were published in journals and magazines. These texts give a rare insight into so-called ""coloured"" urban and rural life during the 1940s. The article places the texts within the socio-political context of their time and gives an overview of characteristic themes and linguistic features.
Author Winfried LudemannSource: Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe 5, pp 58 –67 (2008)More Less
Buren-Marsch : the old Transvaal anthem in German dressThis article discusses a march for brass ensemble that was written and published in Germany between 1901 and 1904 by a composer by the name of August Bernhard Ueberwasser (1866-1925). The march is noteworthy because it incorporates a complete version of the old Transvaal national anthem, together with a German translation of the original Dutch text as well as a less literal version of the words. This forgotten piece of music provides evidence of the solidarity that existed in Germany with the Boer Republics in their struggle against the British Empire a century ago.
Author Joan HambidgeSource: Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe 5, pp 68 –79 (2008)More Less
The unsolved riddle with special reference to Dirk Jordaan's Die JakkalssomerThis article presents a psychoanalytic reading of Dirk Jordaan's Die Jakkalssomer with special reference to the unsolved riddle in the text. The article refers to the Oedipus myth, the riddle and Lacanian theory. It is concluded that the text refuses to be read as a popular or serious text in its reference to the violence in the old and new South Africa. It is a text defying all final definitions within the tradition of the thriller and detective story.
Author Neil CochraneSource: Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe 5, pp 80 –99 (2008)More Less
Stephan Bouwer (1948-1999) : A re-evaluation with special reference to his poetry oeuvreAfrikaans poet, actor, stage and television director and literary critic, Stephan Bouwer, passed away suddenly in July 1999. Despite his significant contribution to the Afrikaans literary and cultural world, very little has been written on his work. The overall purpose of this article is to provide a critical perspective on Bouwer's contribution to the Afrikaans literary and cultural system. First, an overview of his life and work will be provided since there is a strong relationship between his personal and professional life and his poetry. Secondly, the most important components of his poetry will be discussed - the homo-erotic character of his poetry, the satirical stance in his work, and evanescence as a dominant motif in his oeuvre. Example texts from his oeuvre will be discussed to illustrate how these aspects function on the content and technical levels in Bouwer's poetry.
Author Leti KleynSource: Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe 5, pp 100 –134 (2008)More Less
A different overview of Afrikaans poetry of 2004-2007In this article an overview is provided of Afrikaans poetry for the period 2004-2007. Book publications and activities concerning Afrikaans poetry, such as arts festivals, radio programmes and websites, are discussed. Background information on the publishing trade is also provided, and common misconceptions debunked. The particulars of individual publishing houses and publications are contained in Appendix A.
Author Renee MaraisSource: Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe 5, pp 135 –163 (2008)More Less
Representation in occasional verse on ceramics commemorating the Dutch royal houseIn various countries across the globe, both events and individuals are commemorated by means of a variety of commemorative articles. In the Netherlands, various ceramic articles have been specially crafted since 1574 to commemorate the royal House of Orange. Some of these commemorative items also contain text. Twelve poems have thus far been uncovered on various items dating between 1674 and 1943. These were studied in order to determine what image of the House of Orange and the Netherlands they convey. Three assumptions were formulated: firstly, that the texts would reveal a positive attitude towards the House of Orange; secondly, that they would reflect key historical events accurately; and thirdly, that they would convey a Protestant Christian religious conviction. These assumptions all proved to be true.