n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - The influence of Goethe's on N.P. van Wyk Louw's drama

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9570


Owing to his studies of German and extensive reading in the field of German literature, the Afrikaans poet and playwright N.P. van Wyk Louw had been acquainted with Goethe's when he wrote his first published drama in 1938. The section entitled "Prolog im Himmel" and the character of Mephistopheles were of special interest to him, although he vehemently denied his indebtedness to the latter. This article explores to what extent Louw's drama was influenced by Goethe's and also investigates his conception of the "deed", which is in accordance with the striving character of .

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