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Rituele van plesier: Dolf van Coller se Die Bieliebalies

J. van Wyk
Literator | Vol 19, No 3 | a564 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v19i3.564 | © 1998 J. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 1998 | Published: 30 April 1998

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J. van Wyk, CSSALL, Universiteit van Durban-Westville, South Africa

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Abstract

Rituals of pleasure: Dolf van Coller’s Die Bieliebalies
This article is an analysis of Dolf van Coller's Die Bieliebalies (1993), read as a hedonist text. It has many points of similarity with what Bakhtin (1984) called grotesque realism, and with Nietzsche’s views as expounded in The birth of tragedy (1956). By comparing Van Caller's text to that of Bakhtin and Nietzsche, a counter-discourse to contemporary moral discourses such as feminism is explored. Van Coller’s use of laughter as a relativising mechanism is very liberating in the context where petty morality intervenes dogmatically in the field of literature and other spheres of life.

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