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Ingrid Winterbach, 'n derde kultuur en die neo-Victoriaanse romantradisie (1984-2006)

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dc.contributor.advisor Roos, H.M. Lemmer, Erika 2010-12-13T08:06:08Z 2010-12-13T08:06:08Z 2010-08
dc.identifier.citation Lemmer, Erika (2010) Ingrid Winterbach, 'n derde kultuur en die neo-Victoriaanse romantradisie (1984-2006), University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This research report explores the link between the novels of Ingrid Winterbach / Lettie Viljoen, a third culture and the neo-Victorian novel. The study is therefore situated within the cultural-philosophical framework of a third culture, which implies that the two cultures of science and literature do not function as separate disciplines, but as an organic unit. Researchers in the interdiscipline of literature and science identify the Age of Science (1879–1914) – including the Victorian era (1837–1901) – as a historical period where the existence of such a third culture was observed. This period was characterised by numerous scientific discoveries, and Darwin’s theory of evolution generated heated debates in Victorian society. Nineteenth-century literature (and specifically the Victorian novel) therefore reflects the spirit of an age where the interaction between science and literature was particularly evident. In our information-driven society, the focus is once again on scientific discovery and dissemination of knowledge, prompting social critics to typify the current period as “neo-” or “retro-Victorian”. The contemporary imagination still problematises Darwin’s theory of evolution, and fiction such as Winterbach’s therefore not only renegotiates the fixed modernistic boundaries between science and literature, but also revisits the nineteenth- century genres simptomatic of a similar third culture. Winterbach’s novels (1984–2006) display a distinctive predisposition towards natural history and Darwinistic principles and are therefore postmodern adaptations of nineteenth-century conventions. Darwinistic concepts such as growth, metamorphosis,transformation, evolution and the origin, naming and extinction of species are therefore accentuated. Winterbach’s fictionalisation of a nineteenth-century worldview can be linked to the work of her ancestors in the Afrikaans literary tradition, Eugène Marais and C. Louis Leipoldt (both amateur scientists). Her popularisation of scientific knowledge and revisitation of Victorian codes also link her to a neo-Victorian novelistic movement (a contemporary permutation of the Victorian tradition). Her oeuvre therefore also displays similarities to that of her British contemporary, A.S. Byatt, a prominent neo-Victorian novelist. An exploration of the natural world in this tradition, however, also implies an exploration of supernatural spheres, a trend which is equally evident in texts by congeners such as (George) Eliot, Marais, Leipoldt, Winterbach and Byatt. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (306 p.)
dc.language.iso other en
dc.subject Winterbach, Ingrid en
dc.subject Viljoen, Lettie en
dc.subject Literature and science en
dc.subject Darwin and literature en
dc.subject Afrikaans literature en
dc.subject Victorian novels en
dc.subject neo-Victorian studies en
dc.subject.ddc 839.3635
dc.subject.lcsh Winterbach, Ingrid -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Viljoen, Lettie -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh South African War, 1899-1902 -- In literature
dc.subject.lcsh Natural history in literature -- History and criticism -- 20th century
dc.title Ingrid Winterbach, 'n derde kultuur en die neo-Victoriaanse romantradisie (1984-2006) en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Afrikaans D.Litt. et Phil. (Afrikaans and Theory of Literature)

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