Adam Small, Kanna en ‘daardie morele moment’

Tydskrif vir Letterkunde

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Title Adam Small, Kanna en ‘daardie morele moment’
 
Creator Van Zy, Wium
 
Description This essay revisits Adam Small’s best known play Kanna hy kô hystoe (“Kanna he comes home”, 1965) in order to evaluate its relevance for contemporary readers and audiences. The text, considered one of the classics of Afrikaans literature, is analysed from a rhetorical point of view. The analysis includes an overview of several pertinent academic studies on the play, a summary of the play’s sociopolitical context, and a brief background to rhetorical analysis. The article further takes account of the author’s struggle with his prevailing cultural and political environment before and during the writing and publication of the play, as well as the drawn-out period of five years before its eventual first professional performance, and its subdued reception by prominent Afrikaans literary critics. The second part of the article involves the identification and analysis of three rhetorical problems presented in the play: “Did Kanna act unethically by not returning ‘home’ after his studies?”; “Did Dickie deserve his death sentence?”; and “Who was responsible for creating the wretched circumstances which Makiet, who had always been caring, had to endure?”.
 
Publisher Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Association
 
Date 2019-09-12
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Identifier https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/tvl/article/view/7212
 
Source Tydskrif vir Letterkunde; Vol 49 No 1 (2012)
2309-9070
0041-476X
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Tydskrif vir Letterkunde
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0
 

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