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M.E.R. – 'Reg op ereplek' as kinderboekskrywer

G. Wybenga
Literator | Vol 25, No 3 | a264 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v25i3.264 | © 2004 G. Wybenga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 July 2004 | Published: 31 July 2004

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Abstract

M.E.R. – 'The right to a place of honour' as the author of children’s books

A recognition of M.E.R.’s writing developed late in her career. One of the reasons for this was most probably that she was almost exclusively involved in writing for children in the 1920s and early 1930s. Her many publications for children included not only “Kinders van die Voortrek” and the well-known “Karlien en Kandas”, but many more. It was only in the late 1940s after she had published books for adults that she received recognition for her work – which did not happen in the case of her earlier children’s books. Although she is at present regarded as a pioneer of children’s literature, these books have still not been accepted as part of the canon. This article attempts to indicate why she is considered a pioneer by situating her work in the literary context of the time. By analysing the individual books for children as texts in their own right, the article demonstates that dichotomising her work into literature for children and literature for adults is not justified. From the onset till the end of her career M.E.R.’s publications form one continuous oeuvre. The same trends observable in her early work for children are present in the later work for adults.

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Canonising; Childrens Books; MER; Childrens Literature; ME Rothmann

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