Landskap en identiteit in Tikoes deur Henk van Woerden

Bruwer, Naomi (2003-03)

Thesis (MA)--Stellenbosch University, 2003.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This study explores the way in which the construction of landscape interacts with the development of identity in Tikoes by Henk van Woerden. Taking the metaphor of traveling in Tikoes as vantage point, the coterminous development of the South African landscape and the characters' identities are explored. The study is placed in a theoretical framework by defining space, landscape and place, with specific reference to the interaction of landscape and identity, especially as portrayed in migrant literature. The difference between observation of space and the experiencing of landscape and place out of space through cultural processes are emphasized. It is postulated that these processes not only lead to the development of landscape and place out of space, but also contributes to the development of the characters' identities. Through an in-depth study of Tikoes, it is established that landscape and identity not only develop coterminously in this novel, but that these processes of development are actually interdependent. Tikoes, apparently a mere story about the journey of two lovers, is well constructed regarding the integration of themes and motives, which culminates in the cardinal interaction between observation and experience. The theme postulated by the motto is thus reflected in the structure of the novel: Let shallow people call me frivolous, when it comes to the point I have always been conscientiously precise.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Die studie ondersoek die wyse waarop die konstruksie van landskap in wisselwerking tree met die ontwikkeling van identiteit in Tikoes deur Henk van Woerden. Met die reismetafoor binne Tikoes as uitgangspunt, word die samevallende ontwikkeling van die Suid-Afrikaanse landskap en die karakters se identiteite bestudeer. Die ondersoek word geplaas binne 'n teoretiese raamwerk oor ruimte, landskap en plek, met spesifieke verwysing na die verhouding tussen landskap en identiteit, soos veral verwoord in migranteliteratuur. Daar word onderskei tussen die waarneming van ruimte, en die gewaarwording van landskap en plek na aanleiding van die geografiese ruimte, deur kulturele prosesse. Dit word geponeer dat hierdie prosesse nie net lei tot die ontwikkeling van landskap en plek uit ruimte nie, maar ook bydra tot die ontwikkeling van die karakters se onderskeie identiteite. Deur 'n analise van Tikoes, word gevind dat landskap en identiteit nie net samevallend in dié roman ontwikkel nie, maar dat dié ontwikkelingsprosesse as't ware interafhanklik van mekaar staan. Tikoes, oënskynlik bloot 'n verhaaloor die reis van twee geliefdes, bied 'n deurgekomponeerdheid van temas en motiewe wat kulmineer in die kardinale wisselwerking tussen waarneming en gewaarwording, waardeur die roman die tema wat in die motto aangekondig word ook struktureel waar maak, naamlik: Laat de oppervlakkigen mij lichtzinnig noemen. Als het erop aankwam was ik altijd heel nauwgezet.

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