Twee dieregestaltes by N.P. van Wyk Louw : Raka en 'Die swart luiperd'

Show simple item record Van Heerden, Neil Visagie, Andries 2014-07-21T09:40:38Z 2014-07-21T09:40:38Z 2013
dc.description.abstract As one of the most influential Afrikaans poets of the Dertiger movement, N.P. van Wyk Louw’s work was influenced significantly by modernism and the ideas associated with modernity. His highly canonised poems about animals and human-animal hybrids, Raka (1941), and “Die swart luiperd” (“The black leopard”) published in 1942 in Gestaltes en diere (Figurations and Animals), present compelling perspectives on the position of nonhuman animals in Afrikaans modernist poetry. In Raka Louw follows the resolute but futile attempts of the culturally refined leader Koki to protect his people against the contaminating effects of the insidious ape-man, Raka. Koki becomes the bearer of Louw’s modernist ideals for the maintenance of higher values. Yet, in his representation of Raka, he preserves something of a counter-image to Koki. As a hybrid creature Raka retains the potential to disrupt teleologies and to insert radical otherness in considerations of cultural excellence. Unlike Koki, the speaker in “Die swart luiperd” plunges into the destabilising depths opened by the gaze of the animal. The encounter with the black leopard in the jungle produces a form of insanity comparable to the experience of Kurtz in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. In “Die swart luiperd” Louw dares to break down the boundaries patrolled by Koki in Raka in an apparent rapprochement to the animal as a source of creative revitalisation and extension of consciousness. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Van Heerden, N & Visagie, A 2013, 'Twee dieregestaltes by N.P. van Wyk Louw : Raka en 'Die swart luiperd'', Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 106-120. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0041-476X
dc.language.iso Afrikaans en_US
dc.publisher Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Assosiasie en_US
dc.rights Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Assosiasie en_US
dc.subject Afrikaans poetry en_US
dc.subject Animal studies en_US
dc.subject Modernism en_US
dc.subject Modernity en_US
dc.subject N.P. van Wyk Louw en_US
dc.title Twee dieregestaltes by N.P. van Wyk Louw : Raka en 'Die swart luiperd' en_US
dc.title.alternative Two animal figurations by N.P. van Wyk Louw : Raka and ‘Die swart luiperd’ en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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