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SENEKAL, Burgert  and  KOTZE, Eduan. The mention network of canonized Afrikaans writers in Afrikaans literary studies (2000-2020). Tydskr. letterkd. [online]. 2021, vol.58, n.2, pp.47-60. ISSN 2309-9070.

From the point of view of systems and field theory, the value attached to a work of art, for example a literary text, is not only the result of the intrinsic characteristics of the text but also includes connections with institutions such as publishers, and factors like literary prizes, the value judgments of literary historians, of reviewers, and of literary critics. The current study examines the mentions of canonized Afrikaans writers in nine academic journals over the past two decades, taking into account more than 5 000 publications and more than 70 000 pages. It is shown which authors are mentioned most, but also which authors are mentioned most often together, and it is shown that authors are mostly mentioned together in the terms of genre. Although the current study represents a large study of the visibility of authors in the study of Afrikaans literature, suggestions for further research are also made.

Keywords : Afrikaans literary studies; Afrikaans literary system; canonization; cultural fields; cultural networks; mentions.

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