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Op welke wyse word die waarheid gelieg? Die kortverhale van T.T. Cloete

H. du Plooy
Literator | Vol 16, No 3 | a637 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v16i3.637 | © 1995 H. du Plooy | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 May 1995 | Published: 02 May 1995

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H. du Plooy, Departement Afrikaans en Nederlands, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, Potchefstroom, South Africa

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Abstract

Truthful lying in T.T. Cloete’s short stories
In this article an attempt is made to characterize the short stories of T.T. Cloete in Die waarheid gelieg. The theory of focalization is examined briefly and a definition of focalization which emphasizes the epistemological aspects ofperspective and formulation is used to examine the stories. The stories are compared to stories of Kafka and Borges indicating the resemblances, especially the fascination with the unexpected and weird contradictions in reality, as well as the differences. An intratextual reading of the stories and poems by the same author is undertaken in an attempt to formulate the epistemic position of the focalization in the texts. The article concludes that the Christian worldview as well as a poetics of nomenliterature of the abstract author can be deduced from the stories on account of the assumption that epistemic stances are reflected in the narrative representation and can be communicated to readers by means of propositional attitudes.

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