Verhaal as heimwee na die droom van geborgenheid

In de Vries's volume of short stories, Tot verhaal kom (2003), narration as means of understanding is investigated. In spite of the "narratavistic turn" in the humanities, de Vries takes a critical stance towards the possibilities of narration to help us to understand the world and ou...

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Published in: Journal of literary studies (Pretoria, South Africa) Vol. 24; no. 2; pp. 85 - 102
Main Author: Burger, Willie
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: Taylor & Francis Group 06-01-2008
Taylor & Francis Group LLC
Literator Society of South Africa
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Summary: In de Vries's volume of short stories, Tot verhaal kom (2003), narration as means of understanding is investigated. In spite of the "narratavistic turn" in the humanities, de Vries takes a critical stance towards the possibilities of narration to help us to understand the world and ourselves. The closure offered by narratives might assist us to find meaning in our world but in all the short stories in this volume there is a consciousness that the closure offered by the stories is not enough. All perceptions, all emotions and experiences, can simply not be narrated. In every story, it does not matter how well it is constructed, there is still something elusive that escapes closure. Therefore another story is always needed. These stories often reflect on those elusive elements that are excluded from the narration and of which one cannot be really aware at the time of narrating.
ISSN: 0256-4718
1753-5387
1753-5387
DOI: 10.1080/02564710701841460