oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - Die meer "beskeie" opsies van 'n "buitestander" : M. Nienaber-Luitingh in die Afrikaanse literêre sisteem

Volume 5, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1995-5928



The more ""modest"" options of an ""outsider"": M. Nienaber-Luitingh in the Afrikaans literary systemA previous article (Van Coller and Odendaal, 2006) has shown that the ""outsiders"" of Dutch descent H.A. Mulder and Jan Greshoff were, for certain reasons, able to attain authoritative positions in the Afrikaans literary system. As poets and critics with a considerable reputation in the Dutch system, and regarded as representatives of what is considered to be an ""authoritative"" (colonial centre) system, they could also serve as patrons for pioneering authors (the writers of the Thirties; Etienne Leroux as one of the Sixties writers) in a young and new (previously colonial and peripheral) system. Furthermore, their associations with these pioneers, who soon gained canonical status in the Afrikaans system, contributed towards establishing their status in the Afrikaans system. But how does a foreigner, or an ""outsider"", join a literary system like the Afrikaans one if he or she does not have the necessary literary authority and status from the start? In this study we want to focus exploratively on a person upon whom such a lot fell, namely M. Nienaber-Luitingh, who did her most important work as a literator at the University of Natal (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal) in Pietermaritzburg.

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