oa Alternation - Hedonism in the margins: Dolf van Coller's Die Bieliebalies

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Hedonistic texts form an important part of literary subculture since time immemorial, and also have a marginal presence in South African literature. This article is focusing on the folk novel Die Bieliebalies (1993) as an important contribution in Afrikaans to this subculture. This importance is foregrounded through the links that is established between it and Bakhtin's notion of the carnivalesque in Rabelais and his world (1984) and Nietzsche's understanding of tragedy as integral to bacchantic rituals in The Birth of Tragedy (1956).

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