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Afrikaans and Dutch Poetry - AFK4803

Honours NQF level: 8 Credits: 24
Module presented in Afrikaans Module presented online
Purpose: This module offers an overview and study of Afrikaans and Dutch poetry with an emphasis on developments since 1960. Specific attention is given to the oeuvres of a few pivotal literary figures, as well as theoretical aspects like the composition of a volume of poetry, intertextuality and themes such as religious poetry and gay poetry. Seven broad themes, which overlap by design, are set. Students are required to study any four themes. Apart from the set themes, students may also suggest and present further themes (in consultation with the lecturer) that reflect their own needs and interests. The purpose of this module is to enable students to see poetry as more than simply a series of isolated single texts that can be interpreted by means of text-centred mechanisms. Both intertextual relations and intertextual links between various oeuvres are studied, resulting in a view of Afrikaans and Dutch poetry as a wide-ranging dialogue constituting a polyphony of voices.