Breyten Breytenbachs poëzie in Raster

Keywords: aesthetics and politics, Afrikaans poetry, Breyten Breytenbach, Dutch poetry, experimental literature, literary engagement, Raster


From 1969 until 1972 the South-African writer and graphic artist Breyten Breytenbach published 29 poems, prose texts and three drawings in the Dutch experimental periodical Raster (first edition: 1967). H. C. ten Berge, writer, poet and Raster's main editor, attributed Breytenbach an unusually prominent position in his magazine. In the Dutch language area of the late sixties and early seventies, Breytenbach was mostly known for his political engagement within the anti-apartheid movement. Ten Berge, however, also praised his work for its formal and experimental aesthetic qualities. According to Ten Berge experiment and engagement are related to one another in a very unique way. By examining the position of Breytenbach in Raster, the paper presents a documentation of the exceptional literary relationship between Breytenbach and Ten Berge, as well as their shared interest in certain motifs in poetry, the use of a specific metaphoric language (e.g. perception of nature and body) and a common belief in the power of poetic language.

Author Biographies

Camille Bourgeus, University of Antwerpen

Camille Bourgeus behaalde het diploma Taal- en letterkunde (Nederlands-Duits) aan de Universiteit Gent met een masterscriptie; in 2015 volgde zij een master Film- en theaterwetenschappen aan de Universiteit Antwerpen.

Yves T'Sjoen, Universiteit GentUniversity of Stellenbosch

Yves T'Sjoen is als hoogleraar moderne Nederlandse literatuur verbonden aan de Afdeling Nederlands van de Vakgroep Letterkunde (Universiteit Gent) en als buitengewoon hoogleraar aan het departement Afrikaans en Nederlands van de Universiteit Stellenbosch (Zuid-Afrika). Daarnaast heeft hij een deeltijdse aanstelling aan de J. Masaryk-universiteit in Brno (Tsjechië).

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