Diskursiewe patrone in Brandwaterkom van Alexander Strachan

  • HP van Coller
Keywords: Afrikaans novels, Anglo-Boer War, postmodernist writing, treachery

Abstract

English Title: Discursive patterns in Brandwaterkom by Alexander Strachan

English Abstract

The recently published and prizewinning novel Brandwaterkom is vintage Strachan with an intricate structure, imbedded stories and a whole network of allusions. Typical of postmodernist writing, the relationship between fact and fiction, historiography and the novel is problematized. The primary narrator is a Hermes-figure who constantly reflects upon the narrative in metafictional fashion, questioning and even belittling his own omniscience and omnipotence as narrator. The main story centres on Fanie Vilonel, a traitor during the Boer War, and the motif of treachery is central in the story, discourse and narration.

Keywords: Afrikaans novels, Anglo-Boer War, postmodernist writing, treachery

 

 

Published
2016-04-11
Section
Articles

Journal Identifiers


eISSN: 2309-9070
print ISSN: 0041-476X