De fascinatie blijft: Recente Nederlandse reisliteratuur over het nieuwe Zuid-Afrika

Literator. 2015;36(1):e1-e11 DOI 10.4102/lit.v36i1.1149


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Journal Title: Literator

ISSN: 0258-2279 (Print); 2219-8237 (Online)

Publisher: AOSIS

Society/Institution: The Literator Society

LCC Subject Category: Language and Literature: Languages and literature of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania: African languages and literature

Country of publisher: South Africa

Language of fulltext: Afrikaans, English

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Loes Nas (Department of English, University of the Western Cape)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 12 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The fascination continues: Recent Dutch travel literature about the new South Africa. Recently, and within a relatively short period of time, ten Dutch language non-fiction books on the new South Africa were published. Dutch authors apparently continue to be fascinated by the history and inhabitants of this country and after more than fifteen years of democracy try to take stock of it from a Dutch perspective. Thus, in 2009 an epistolary travel report was published by Dylan van Eijkeren, Ik zag een aap: reisbrieven uit het nieuwste Zuid-Afrika, and Bram Vermeulen, correspondent for the quality paper NRC Handelsblad, wrote Help, Ik ben blank geworden: bekentenissen van een Afrika correspondent. From diverging perspectives these two authors reported on their experiences, expectations and disappointments in respect of the new South Africa. The travel writer experiences a modern version of the Great Trek whereas the journalist tries to fathom the complexity of the country after a blood bath. The article starts with an introductory overview of recent Dutch non-fiction on South Africa, placed in the context of postcolonial travel literature. This is followed by a close reading of the said two diverging texts.