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Koers

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Koers (Online) vol.76 n.4 Pretoria  2011

 

"Om te kan asemhaal": Transformerende mimesis as voorwaarde vir betrokkenheid in die poësie van Antjie Krog

 

"In order to breathe":Transformative mimesis as a condition for commitment in the poetry of Antjie Krog

 

 

C. Kostopoulos

Departement Filosofie, Universiteit van Johannesburg. E-pos: candess.kostopoulos@gmail.com

 

 


OPSOMMING

Betrokke skryfwerk benadruk 'n tipe verhouding tussen die teks, die werklikheid en die leser en dit veronderstel mimesis. Mimesis is egter 'n oënskynlik uitgediende konsep in die literêre estetika. Daarom is dit noodsaaklik om mimesis konseptueel te rehabiliteer ten einde wesenlike literêre betrokkenheid te kan verreken. Sodanige rehabilitasie kan gedoen word via Paul Ricoeur se teorie van drievoudige mimesis, ook bekend as die mimetiese boog. Die mimetiese boog laat 'n siening van mimesis toe wat nóg estetiese outonomie, nóg estetiese heteronomie privilegeer. Daardeur word die invloedsfeer van kuns in die samelewing behou, sonder dat kuns se eiesoortige doelwitte en karaktertrekke prysgegee word. Die drievoudige mimetiese proses dui gevolglik op 'n transformerende mimesis wat as die moontlikheidsvoorwaarde van literêre betrokkenheid self dien. Die beginsels van transformerende mimesis is op 'n duidelike en insiggewende wyse teenwoordig in die poësie van Antjie Krog. Haar poësie kan derhalwe as eksemplariese-betrokke kuns beskou word.

Kernbegrippe: betrokkenheid, estetiese, outonomie, mimesis, Ricoeur


ABSTRACT

Committed writing makes salient a type of relationship between text, reality and reader which presupposes mimesis. Mimesis is, however, a seemingly outdated concept in literary aesthetics. Therefore, it is necessary to rehabilitate mimesis conceptually in order to account for actual literary commitment. This rehabilitation can be done via Paul Ricoeur's theory of a threefold mimesis, also known as mimetic arc. The mimetic arc allows a view of mimesis that privileges neither aesthetic autonomy nor aesthetic heteronomy. Thereby the power of art to influence society is preserved without compromising its unique aesthetic goals and characteristics. The threefold mimetic process consequently points towards a transformative mimesis, which acts as the condition for the possibility of literary commitment itself. The principles of transformative mimesis are present in the poetry of Antjie Krog in a salient and enlightening way, making her poetry exemplary committed art.

Key concepts: aesthetic, autonomy, commitment, mimesis Ricoeur


 

 

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