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Flitse van sosiale verandering in enkele postmodernistiese Afrikaanse romans

D. H. Steenberg
Literator | Vol 18, No 3 | a551 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v18i3.551 | © 1997 D. H. Steenberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 1997 | Published: 30 April 1997

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D. H. Steenberg, Departement Afrikaans en Nederlands, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Glimpses of social change in some postmodernist Afrikaans novels
Postmodernist novels, and thus also Afrikaans postmodernist novels, are radically anti-traditional. In one respect, however, they maintain the tradition of Afrikaans fiction: they open perspectives on the development of the society from which they originate. Functioning in a multicultural community, the novelists' awareness often concerns the development of relations between different racial groupings in the South African society, which is seen as basically African. The breaking down of the (colonial) barriers between black and white by writers of historiographic metafiction - like John Miles and André Letoit - can perhaps be regarded the first step in the direction of social transition. Letoit hails Africa as the continent of promise, and authors like Berta Smit, Eben Venter and Etienne van Heerden present visions of a growing harmony between black and white in the new South Africa.


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