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The presence of the past in selected works by Pieter-Dirk uys

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dc.contributor.author Bedford JW en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:16:01Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:16:01Z
dc.date.created 1987 en
dc.date.submitted 1988 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/9297
dc.description.abstract This dissertation consists mainly of an analysis of Uys' plays "Karnavaal" (1982), "God's Forgotten" (1978) and "Panorama" (1986) in which the past is discussed as an inhibiting factor in the socio-moral development of the protagonists. A brief discussion of the philosophical approaches to time from Aristotle to post-war drama is given, together with a discussion of a semiotically-based approach to time. Pieter-Dirk Uys displays characteristics of both the "committed" and the existentialist writer. This has certain implications concerning the treatment of time and particularly of the future. The committed writer writes with an urgency which makes the audience acutely aware of the irrevocable progression of time. The analysis made of the plays shows that the protagonists are inhibited from achieving self-realisation by the active role that the past plays in their lives. The past intrudes in the form of a personal past, a national historic past or as a collective unconsciousness. This study investigates the method employed by the playwright in the dramatic creation of the past and its relation to each character, and what purpose this past serves in the corpus of Uys' work and thus within the fictional world of each play. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Drama en
dc.title The presence of the past in selected works by Pieter-Dirk uys en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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