A.k.a. Breyten Breytenbach: Critical Approaches to His Writings and Paintings

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Judith Lütge Coullie, Johan U. Jacobs
Rodopi, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 336 pages
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The essays in this volume hold up for scrutiny, in diverse ways, many facets of the artistic output of Breyten Breytenbach, the Afrikaans poet who first became a public figure in apartheid South Africa – his poetry, his fictional and non-fictional prose, his plays, and his painting and drawing. The approaches adopted by the authors of the essays range from the largely theoretical to the more popular forms of the interview and the review.Collectively, they represent a kaleidoscope of approaches, viewpoints and foci; their various critical and analytical colorations make up a timely statement about the centrality of this important artist's creativity, engagement, 'exile' and belongness to a land once impacting under its own contradictions and now experiencing an efflorescence that still harbours the paradoxes that Breytenbach's protean craft uncompromisingly anatomizes.Contributors are: Ampie Coetzee, J.M. Coetzee, Judith Lütge Coullie, Ileana Dimitriu, J.U. Jacobs, Tim Trengove, Jones, Erhard Reckwitz, Sandra Saayman, Marilet Sienaert, Lisbe Smuts, Louise Viljoen, Andries Visagie.
 

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Contents

The Early Poetry
1
Poetry as the Presentation of a Representation
35
Transforming and Disseminating
57
Breyten Breytenbach and the Reader in the Mirror
75
The Prison Memoirs
97
The True Confessions
117
Writing Africa
151
An AZ Guide
181
Identity and Place in the Art and Writing
221
The Butterfly in The Thieves and the Word
249
Paintings and Other Pornographics
263
Heartland Border Area
271
Breytenbach and the Masculine Subject
295
Playing the Poet in Bokliedand Die Toneelstuk
329
Contributors
337
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About the author (2004)

JUDITH LUTGE COULLIE is Professor of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
J.U. JACOBS is a member of the English Department at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

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