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Die vyfvoudig versterkte vertellersfunksie in die dagboeke van Anne Frank

C. Reinecke, J. van der Elst
Literator | Vol 17, No 2 | a601 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v17i2.601 | © 1996 C. Reinecke, J. van der Elst | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 April 1996 | Published: 30 April 1996

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C. Reinecke, Departement Afrikaans en Nederlands, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa
J. van der Elst, Departement Afrikaans en Nederlands, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Abstract

A five-fold strengthened narrative function in the diaries of Anne Frank
In assuming that the total communication situation in the true diary has a character of its own, it is suggested that the narrative situation is studied, on the one hand, from the viewpoint of the autobiographical contract claiming a bond of identity between the real author, the I-narrator and the I-persona, and on the other hand from the poststructuralistic view asserting that these instances are not identical to one another and that the implicit author should be duly recognised. A close textual analysis of the narrative situation in the original diaries of Anne Frank leads to our identifying five instances strengthening the narrative function - the real author, the I-narrator, the I-persona, the implicit and the explicit author. While these instances can be distinguished from one another, the bond of identity between them is so tight that the textual construction is a testimony to reality. The five-fold narrative corpus functioning in the diaries persuasively conveys a message of truth. A remarkable characteristic of the narrative situation is the persistent explicitising of the implicit author, which can be seen as a concretisation of the intention of truth and sincerity posed by the autobiographical contract.

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