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oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Die "wil tot vernuwing" : N.P. Van Wyk Louw en Afrikaneridentiteit in die vroeë 20ste eeu

 

Abstract

N.P. Van Wyk Louw se opvattings in die vroeë 20ste eeu oor die individuele en nasionale identiteitskonstruksies van die Afrikaner en die literêre en sosiokulturele kontekste wat daarmee saamhang, berus grotendeels op sy herdefinisie van die begrippe en . In sy opstelbundels en (1939) bied Louw 'n nuwe greep op hierdie konsepte waarin die wisselwerking tussen geskiedenis, taal en godsdiens en die verhouding tussen dié interaksie en die veranderlike politieke en sosio-ekonomiese terreine beklemtoon word. Sy herinterpretasie van Afrikaneridentiteit dui ook op die verband tussen die onbestendigheid van identiteit en die onstabiele aard van nasionale en individuele kontekste. In hierdie artikel word Louw se vernuwende konseptualisering van die funksie van geskiedenis, taal en godsdiens in Afrikanernasionalisme en -identiteit ondersoek teen die maatskaplike agtergrond van die jare dertig van die vorige eeu en binne die denkruimte van verwante interpretasies tussen 1902 en 1943. Daar word spesifiek na Muller (1925) en Diederichs (1936) verwys in dié verband.

N.P. Van Wyk Louw's views in the early 20th century of the individual and national identity constructions of the Afrikaner and the accompanying literary and sociocultural contexts are founded mainly on his redefinition of the concepts and . In the essay collections and (1939) Louw presents a new grasp on these concepts in which the interaction between history, language and religion and the relation between this interplay and the unsteady political and socio-economic spheres are emphasised. His reinterpretation of Afrikaner identity also indicates the connection between the instability of identity and the fluid nature of national and individual contexts. In this article Louw's innovative conceptualisation of the function of history, language and religion in Afrikaner nationalism and identity is investigated against the social background of the thirties of the previous century and within the intellectual space of related interpretations between 1902 and 1943. Specific reference is made to Muller (1925) and Diederichs (1936) in this regard.

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