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‘Hoe praat jy met ’n hele volk?’ (N.P. van Wyk Louw)

F. I.J. van Rensburg
Literator | Vol 17, No 1 | a580 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v17i1.580 | © 1996 F. I.J. van Rensburg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 1996 | Published: 30 April 1996

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F. I.J. van Rensburg, Departement Afrikaans, Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit, Johannesburg, South Africa

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“How does one converse with a whole nation?” (N.P. van Wyk Louw)
This article is an investigation into a somewhat neglected aspect of N.P. van Wyk Louw’s work. A close reading of his essayistic work, especially the two-volumed Versamelde prosa, reveals a distinctly educative bent in a considerable number of the essays and reflections. In these contributions the author consciously operates as a (literary) educator of his people. The implicit, sometimes explicit aim of many an essay is the spiritual enlightenment and enrichment of his Afrikaner readership, without losing sight of the universal dimensions and obligations of the subject under discussion. The article surveys and evaluates the various didactic strategies employed in achieving this overall goal.

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