Vergenoeg: George Weideman as dramaturg (deel 1): vroeëre dramatiese werke van George Weideman

One of the hypotheses underpinning this article, consisting of two parts (the second part is to be published in SATJ Volume 22), is that drama is a neglected genre in Afrikaans literary studies. When recently published literary histories in Afrikaans are scrutinized, it is evident that far less spac...

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Published in: South African theatre journal Vol. 21; no. 1; pp. 328 - 342
Main Authors: van Coller, Hennie, van Jaarsveld, Anthea
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Afrikaans
Published: Abingdon Taylor & Francis Group 01-01-2007
Taylor & Francis
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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Summary: One of the hypotheses underpinning this article, consisting of two parts (the second part is to be published in SATJ Volume 22), is that drama is a neglected genre in Afrikaans literary studies. When recently published literary histories in Afrikaans are scrutinized, it is evident that far less space is devoted to drama than is allocated to the other two primary genres, prose and poetry. One influence may be the general inferiority of Afrikaans dramatic works, but when the treatment accorded specific authors it is clear that their dramatic works are often virtually neglected, irrespective of the quality or success of it. Another hypothesis could be that this neglect is the result of the fact that publication is a prerequisite for any text to be canonized, even in the case of dramas that are destined to be produced on stage. In this two-part article the drama oeuvre of George Weideman is taken as a case study in order to test the aforementioned two hypotheses. In this article the focus is on Weideman's youth and radio plays, not only because of their intrinsic value, as an autonomous approach would imply. In our contextual approach a study of these works is of great value because of the fact that they become something like a pattern-book of his later works.
ISSN: 1013-7548
2163-7660
DOI: 10.1080/10137548.2007.9687870