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oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - "Net domastrant vir spite" : grepe uit die lewensgeskiedenis van S.V. Petersen : geesteswetenskappe

 

Abstract

Die digter S.V. Petersen se lewensgeskiedenis is relatief onbekend. Die studies in literatuurgeskiedenisse is onlangs aangevul met 'n aantal kritiese beskouings en waardebepalings van sy lewe en werk. Die mens Petersen in sy onmiddellike omgewing is steeds net in buitelyne geteken. Hierdie artikel wil 'n paar grepe uit die lewensgeskiedenis van Petersen naspeur en hervertel, verifieer met dokumentêre en ander bewyse en in verband bring met sy skryfwerk. Die aspekte waarop gefokus word, is die problematiek rondom sy herkoms en genealogie, gebeure waarin sy woonhuis 'n leitmotief is en sy briefwisseling met die digter P.J. Philander. Daaruit kom 'n verwikkelde beeld van die digter na vore wat verdere lig op die mens en sy werk werp.


Relatively little is known about the life story of the Afrikaans poet S.V. Petersen. The entries in literary histories concentrate on his literary work and contain little information on his life and times. A few recent critical studies supplement these with new perspectives on his writing and provide interesting background material and context. However, the human being Petersen in his immediate surroundings and contact with family and friends is still sketched only in broad outlines.
The aim of this article is to broaden the existing biographical information and scholarship on S.V. Petersen and his writing by recounting a few moments in his life history, verified with archival documents, letters, interviews and other texts and related to his writing. The article starts with a discussion of issues pertaining to life writing. Factual representation and narration of a life history are some of these issues. The accomplished and prolific Afrikaans biographer (the late) J.C. Kannemeyer's approach to his subject matter and methodology illuminates these issues.

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2012-12-01
2016-12-09
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