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Title: Unassimilable Strangeness: The Afrikaans Poetry of Olga Kirsch
Authors: Roth, Egonne
Keywords: Olga Kirsch
Afrikaans
Jewish poet
woman poet
gender studies
Afrikaans literature
war poetry
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Department of Dutch and South African Studies, Faculty of English
Citation: Werkwinkel vol. 8(1), 2013, pp. 101-123
Abstract: The Afrikaans poetry of Olga Kirsch (1924-1997) makes an important and lasting contribution to Afrikaans literature, despite its “unassimilable strangeness.” In a genre dominated until then by men, Kirsch introduces the voice of a woman poet; more importantly, she is the only Jewish poet in Afrikaans. And Kirsch seals her ‘strangeness’ by her early, initial critique of apartheid policies. Kirsch also wrote in English and Hebrew, but her published output in Afrikaans is more significant and will ultimately determine her place in the national canon and the cultural consciousness of post-apartheid South Africa.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10593/13690
ISSN: 1896-3307
Appears in Collections:Werkwinkel, 2013, vol. 8(1)

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