n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die saamstel van bloemlesings as kanoniserende handeling. Deel 1

Volume 42, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


This two part study emphasises the compilation of anthologies as an act of canonization, i.e. the role of the literary anthology in the canonisation process. As anthologies can be seen as both cultural agents and as veiled historiographies of literature, the compilation of an anthology is never a neutral act. Using system theory, as theoretical paradigm and as operational hypothesis, especially the "Field theory" of Pierre Bourdieu the compilation of anthologies can seen as acts to establish literary reputations. These acts function as provocation which leads to a debate in the "Literary Field" (Bourdieu) that always centres around conceptions of literature.This first part focuses on defining anthologies theoretically and historically and concludes with a typology of anthologies that can be utilised as a hermeneutical tool and evaluative procedure. In the second part these hypotheses are put to the test by scrutinizing several Afrikaans poetry anthologies against the backdrop of the Afrikaans literary field.

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