Jeroen Dera | De lachspiegels van Transvaal: Braakensieks prenten over de Boerenoorlog in De Amsterdammer (Masterclass)

Written by on October 5th, 2014 // Filed under 22.1 Life and Narrative

Abstract

The Second Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) resulted in a great many
cultural expressions, which gained much attention of scholars. Up to now, however, political prints about the war have not been analysed extensively. Nevertheless, they are an interesting topic for literary studies. The prints that were published in De
Amsterdammer by the Dutch artist Johan Coenraad Braakensiek show
us to what extent the boundary line between life and narrative is blurred in literature. By considering prints as collages of words and images, as clutters of intertexts and as residues of ideologies, it is shown how they act upon a reality by which they are formed themselves.

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