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Ein Literarisches Kuckucksei: Der Essay

J. D.C. Potgieter
Literator | Vol 7, No 3 | a888 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v7i3.888 | © 1986 J. D.C. Potgieter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 1986 | Published: 07 May 1986

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J. D.C. Potgieter,, South Africa

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Abstract

Due to mainly a lack of sufficient research - especially previous to Montaigne (1533-1592) and Bacon (1561-1626), the apparent innovators of the literary form of the Essay - quite a few misconceptions regarding this literary genre still prevail.

Not only is the Essay as such often confused with the essay qua “Aufsatz” , but also because of its typical characteristics of “playing” with fact(s) in the literary arena, the literary Essay is blindly branded as a "mixed-genre", a label which is also attributed to its mosaic-like form.

Contrary to the general trend, this study concerns the Essay as an “independent" Hterary prose-genre, with its own characteristics.

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