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Title:Politieke stereotipering in voor-onafhanklikheidse Namibiese literatuur: die werk van Doc Immelman
Author:Van Rooyen, Petrus HendrikISNI
Periodical:Journal - Namibia Scientific Society (ISSN 1018-7677)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Namibia
Southern Africa
Afrikaans language
Immelman, Doc
About person:Doc ImmelmanISNI
Abstract:Doc Immelman has for many years been viewed as the prominent Namibian writer of Afrikaans fiction in pre-independent Namibia. His works were mostly read by white Afrikaner teenage boys in the age group of thirteen to eighteen, but also by adult male readers interested in adventure stories similar to the American 'westerns'. Because of the extent of his work and its popularity among a certain portion of Afrikaans readers, the image that these readers have of Namibia, its environment, its history and of race relations in the country has to a great extent been influenced by Immelman and his fiction. Typical of the frontier type adventure stories a certain approach to relationships with other races emerged from his work which often led to the formation of stereotypes of preferred versus unacceptable inter-racial behaviour. This article includes a review of contemporary Namibian Afrikaans literature, an overview of Immelman's works in this context, a theoretical perspective on the frontier fiction genre with reference to Immelman's work and an analysis of the position of Immelman's work in a pre-independent and independent Namibia, with specific reference to racial and political stereotypes in his publications. Bibliogr., sum. in English, text in Afrikaans. [Journal abstract]