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Uys Krige and the South African Afterlife of Fernando Pessoa
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2015 (English)In: Pessoa Plural, ISSN 2212-4179, no 8, p. 265-281Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Three letters to Hubert Jennings—two of them from the Afrikaans poet Uys Krige, one from the French poet Armand Guibert—prompt a reconsideration of the South African reception of Fernando Pessoa. Although this reception was and is clearly limited, Krige emerges here as a key individual connecting Jennings, Guibert, Roy Campbell and—by extension—Fernando Pessoa in a transnational literary network structured according to the logic of what Pascale Casonova has called “the world republic of letters” (La République Mondiale des Lettres). As such, however, this historical network has limited purchase on the contemporary concerns of South African literature. The letters alert us, thereby, not just to the inherent transnationalism of South African literature, but also to largely forgotten and, to some extent, compromised aspects of South African literary history.

Abstract [pt]

Uys Krige e a vida póstuma de Fernando Pessoa na África do Sul

Três cartas a Hubert Jennings—duas delas do poeta afrikaans Uys Krige, uma do poeta francês Armand Guibert—incitam uma reconsideração da recepção de Fernando Pessoa na África do Sul. Embora essa recepção tenha sido e ainda seja claramente limitada, Krige aqui emerge como indivíduo chave a conectar Jennings, Guibert, Roy Campbell e—por extensão—Fernando Pessoa, numa rede transnacional estruturada segundo a lógica que Pascale Casanova nomeou “república mundial das letras” (La République Mondiale des Lettres). Como tal, porém, essa rede histórica tem recebido limitada atenção nas preocupações contemporâneas da literatura sul-africana. As cartas alertam-nos, pois, não só para o transnacionalismo da literatura sul-africana, mas também para aspectos grandemente esquecidos e, de certo modo, comprometidos da história literária da África do Sul.

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2015. no 8, p. 265-281
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Fernando Pessoa, Roy Campbell, Armand Guibert, Hubert Jennings, Uys Krige, Afrikaans, the world republic of letters
Keyword [pt]
Fernando Pessoa, Roy Campbell, Armand Guibert, Hubert Jennings, Uys Krige, Afrikaans, a república mundial das letras
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127163OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-127163DiVA, id: diva2:907162
Available from: 2016-02-26 Created: 2016-02-26 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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