n Stilet : Tydskrif van die Afrikaanse Letterkundevereniging - Eurochronologie in Afrikaanse literatuurgeskiedenis: voorstel vir ʼn alternatiewe bestudering van tekste aan die hand van “fiksiewêrelde van tekste”

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


In this article the way in which literary historiographies have often been based on a model of Eurochronology will be discussed. Eurochronology, as the term is used by Eric Hayot (2012:1-2) as well as in this article, refers to the way in which European models of literary histories often hold a central place in world literature. In other words, the way in which a literature “should” be ordered and studied, has been determined by European literatures. This approach has been carried over to “smaller” literatures, like the Afrikaans literature. The following of such a model involves a few implications that cause difficulties for studying the Afrikaans literature in the larger South African context. The first implication is that a literary critic often interprets literary texts against a certain context or literary period, which does not necessarily allow for other interpretations. The second implication is that literary texts from different literatures cannot truly be compared with each other on equal grounds. In this article one possible alternative is discussed for the model of Eurochronology by analysing the “fictional worlds of texts”.

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