Die skep en voorstelling van 'n postmoderne karakteridentiteit in die prosa
Lewis, Ruby Christiaan
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Postmodernism is a complex concept to grasp, and although artists frequently create postmodernist work, a cognitive approach to it is difficult. This study is therefore unique in its aim to support creative writers in the formation (creation and representation) of postmodernist characters. Thus, this study contributes to the theory of creative writing, within the current zeitgeist and associated writing styles. A zeitgeist is the collective universal subconscious of the world within a specific epoch and is recognisable in the identity of the people that live during that zeitgeist, as well as in the art of the time. Postmodernism, as the contemporary zeitgeist, implies a postmodernist identity (or identities), which can creatively be represented in the artwork (literary text - prose). Through an integrated threefold study of Postmodernism (and postmodernist identity), "character" as covered in literary theory and the "creation and representation" of character as covered in the theory of creative writing, a paradigm is postulated to support the creative writer in the creation and representation of postmodernist characters. The paradigm manages postmodernist characters within three overlapping categories that approach characters as (1) icons that represent postmodernist people, as (2) literary motives that illustrate postmodernist themes and, as (3) containers of postmodernist discourses. Such a paradigm is not to be considered a model or recipe, but is instead to be viewed as an angle of approaching postmodernist characters and as a launch pad from where the creative writer must further rely on his or her own creativity, talent and dexterity. The paradigm therefore keeps in mind both the limitlessness of Postmodernism and the dynamism of the creative process.
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