n Stilet : Tydskrif van die Afrikaanse Letterkundevereniging - Honest mundanity in Loftus Marais’s Jan, Piet, Koos en Jakob (2019)

Volume 30 Number 1-2
  • ISSN : 1013-4573


“wees bewus van al die name” reads the opening line from “Name” in Loftus Marais’s Jan, Piet, Koos en Jakob (2019). The line captures the primary occupation of Marais’s collection: names, naming and, through this focus on names, identity. Specifically, Marais is preoccupied with Afrikaans-Afrikaner-affective names in this work; each poem provides Marais’s reflections on Afrikaner identity in South Africa’s current context. Drawn together, the poems create an intricate mosaic of what it means to white, male, queer and Afrikaans in contemporary South Africa.

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