Lezing 'Walking the talk. Reflections on teaching Afrikaans literature outside South Africa'

Voor wie
Journalisten , Medewerkers , Studenten
23-11-2023 van 16:00 tot 18:00
Faculteitsraadzaal, Blandijnberg 2, 9000 Gent
Door wie
Gents Centrum voor het Afrikaans en de Studie van Zuid-Afrika

Inaugural lecture of the endowed chair of South Africa: Languages, Literature, Culture and Society

What kind of critical apparatus would be needed to best identify the conditions of possibility under which Afrikaans literature was produced? What kind of self-understanding could be expected from a historically privileged South African who teaches literature to foreign students?

Rather than a straight-forward theoretical critique, this inaugural lecture will offer a semi-literary and rhetorically amplified performance or demonstration in response to these questions. Its central thesis is that walking, especially at dusk, even along a familiar route, solves problems.

The performance proceeds via a preamble of way-finding allegories, followed by an autobiographical narrative tracing a Hesperian perambulation, a walk undertaken by the author in an odd neighbourhood earlier this year in South Africa.

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