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"Between the walls of Jasper, in the streets of gold" : the deconstruction of Afrikaner mythology in Marlene van Niekerk's triomf

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dc.contributor.advisor Levey, D.N.R.
dc.contributor.author Du Plessis, Aletta Catharina
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-01T13:25:23Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-01T13:25:23Z
dc.date.issued 2009-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2638
dc.description.abstract Triomf explores the distortion of the national Afrikaner identity as a result of apartheid. This dissertation aims to demonstrate how van Niekerk deconstructs the Afrikaner through myths, stories, symbols, intertextuality and Derridean deconstruction. The Benades represent the Afrikaner on three levels: the personal, the national and the primordial. Since the Benades are primordial, Van Niekerk is able to use the archetypes of Jung’s collective unconscious to deconstruct the archetypal mythological structures Afrikaner nationalists used to develop identity and unity. The archetypes deconstructed are Spirit, the Great Mother, Re-birth, the Trickster, the Physical Hearth and the Sacred Fire. Afrikaner myths deconstructed include the Great Trek, the family, the patriarch, the matriarch, the future of a white Afrikaner nation and the binding character of Afrikaans as white national language. Van Niekerk undermines the plaasroman of the 1920s and 1930s, as the Afrikaner’s national identity was constituted and deconstructed in literature. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource ([viii], 188 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Deconstruction en
dc.subject Patriarchy en
dc.subject Apartheid en
dc.subject Plaasroman en
dc.subject Triomf en
dc.subject Afrikaner nationalists en
dc.subject.ddc 839.3635
dc.subject.lcsh Pastoral fiction, Afrikaans -- History and criticism
dc.subject.lcsh Afrikaners in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Afrikaners -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Patriarchy in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Deconstruction
dc.subject.lcsh Mythology in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Intertextuality
dc.subject.lcsh Van Niekerk, Marlene -- Triomf
dc.title "Between the walls of Jasper, in the streets of gold" : the deconstruction of Afrikaner mythology in Marlene van Niekerk's triomf en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department English
dc.description.degree M.A. (English)

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