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Die fantastiese as diskoerswyse in Willem Brakman se Glubkes oordeel

M. de Vries
Literator | Vol 14, No 3 | a714 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v14i3.714 | © 1993 M. de Vries | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 May 1993 | Published: 03 May 1993

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M. de Vries, SA Polisie Akademie, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

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Abstract

The structural functioning and purpose of the fantastic in Glubkes oordeel, especially in the ‘Last Judgement’ description, is scrutinized in this article. The protagonist, Glubke, find s himself in a psychological labyrinth as a result of an Oedipal conflict, and this gives rise to his flight of fantasy. The reader enters the realm of Glubke's mind by means of the fantastic and the fantastic enables the abstract author to give a dramatic artistic representation of Glubke’s chaotic spirit and his reclusion. The damnation scene is an externalization of the inner life of an arch-outsider and in this scene the fantastic becomes the dominant mode of discourse. Brakman’s comprehensive range of linguistic effects allows him to achieve the fantastic dimension to excellent effect.

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