Academic research

LitNet Akademies is LitNet's accredited academic journal. An extended English abstract is published with every article.

Literature and law in the medieval epic Vanden vos Reynaerde with specific reference to the South African legal system

Jan Stander, Nerina Bosman Academic research 2018-03-22

"What similarities and differences can be pointed out between the court proceedings in the Reynard epic and aspects of the modern South African legal system?"

Gender construction of female protagonists in recent Afrikaans youth novels

Isabella Geldenhuys, Johan Anker Academic research 2018-03-14

"While reading YAL the reader is confronted with implicit social, political and cultural norms, power structures, stereotypes and sexism which form part of their world and could have an influence in forming their identity and gender roles."

Andrew Murray and the debate on miracles

Vincent Brümmer Academic research 2018-03-08

"Murray defended the credibility of the biblical miracle narratives, whereas the modernists rejected it. This debate is interesting because of its implications not only for the nature of miracles but also for the nature of belief in miracles as well as the nature of religious belief in general."

Belief in witchcraft – a legitimate defence in the criminal court, or hocus-pocusing the law?

Rinda Botha Academic research 2018-03-01

"If belief in witchcraft were to lose its extenuating effect also, this would imply that the South African criminal justice system does not accommodate such a belief in any way, shape or form, which seems somewhat careless and ill-considered in an African context, where belief in witchcraft shows no sign of disappearing in the foreseeable future."

Adult basic education as an antidote for violence against women and children

Danie Kloppers, Geesje van den Berg Academic research 2018-03-01

"Turning to possible solutions to this epidemic of violence, the participants agreed that education is an important vehicle, although some also referred to more severe punishment and a change in the social culture."

Albert Camus: Existentialism, the Afrikaans world, and the task of the connected intellectual

Pieter Duvenage Academic research 2018-02-27

"Albert Camus (1913–1960) was a thinker whose thinking is still haunting and troubling us. In this contribution the focus is not only on his international career, but his thinking is also contextualised with reference to the Afrikaans and South African world."

The Lacanian Real and horror films: The commodification of the Real? Some notes on the “torture porn” genre

Cilliers van den Berg Academic research 2018-02-22

"As one of the most important flagships of the torture porn genre, and despite its very low critical appreciation, the Saw film franchise still managed to garner huge amounts of income at the box office, showing the divergence between critical and popular opinion."

The Lacanian Real and horror films: Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook (2014)

Cilliers van den Berg Academic research 2018-02-22

"If the Real can be consciously used in this genre as a way to prompt certain responses of fear or disgust from viewers, does this not mean that the Real becomes nothing more than a codified element of horror films which is subsequently exploited as a genre commodity?"

Morality and controversial matters in youth literature: a perspective on Onderwêreld by Fanie Viljoen

Elize Vos Academic research 2018-02-13

"Teachers should raise intellectual discussions and debates with the learners on these matters in the controlled classroom environment. The therapeutic value hidden in this type of youth literature is enhanced by discussing the causes and consequences of, and possible solutions to, such matters."

An evaluation of several aspects impacting on the prerogative not to promote employees

Judith Geldenhuys Academic research 2018-02-02

"The court appears to recognise only one type of promotion, namely competitive promotion, where the internal candidate must compete with persons from outside the workplace for what would be a promotion for him or her."

From housecoat to security uniform: the depiction of several pieces of clothing in the prose of Marlene van Niekerk

Marius Crous Academic research 2018-01-25

"Fashion marks a particular character as being part of a particular culture or historical period, or creates a particular persona who adheres to the dictums of a particular peer group when it comes to the choice of clothes."

Approaches to curriculum design of the South African school curricula: a critical perspective on the curricula for Afrikaans (Home Language)

Ronel van Oort Academic research 2018-01-11

"Changes in school curricula are taking place across the world to meet international and national demands, to meet social needs, and to comply with socio-political, socio-economic and technological changes. School curricula are not neutral, seeing that they develop in certain socio-political and socio-economic periods."

Place attachment in town planning: a literature review and proposals for Afrikaans terminology

Tarina Jordaan Academic research 2017-12-21

"Therefore, place is not only a physical manifestation, but an intricate part of what it means to be human – the physical environment cannot be separated from the affective side of being human."

Religious institutions and the review jurisdiction of the courts

Helena van Coller Academic research 2017-12-21

"In relation to the applicability of administrative law principles, the South African courts have always been willing to review not only the actions of public bodies but also the decisions of private entities. Judicial review was often limited to the rules of natural justice, particularly in the context of religious institutions."

A classicist’s analysis of the verse drama Germanicus by the Afrikaans poet N.P. Van Wyk Louw as a portrayal of power and powerlessness

Jo-Marie Claassen Academic research 2017-12-20

"The author concludes that the drama is both contemporary and timeless: Louw’s ideas about power and powerlessness are as much applicable to the present South African political scene (and that of the world) as it was to the political circumstances of his own era."

Aspects that influence children's reading motivation

Nandi Lessing-Venter, Maritha Snyman Academic research 2017-12-14

"Children's appreciation for reading is influenced by their attitude towards reading. By paying attention to readers' attitude toward reading, reading motivators can determine what the learners enjoy reading."

The use of subtitles in the teaching and learning of Afrikaans vocabulary and comprehension

Elbie Adendorff, Arné Binneman, Ju-Mari du Plessis Academic research 2017-12-14

"Given the emphasis on using multimodal teaching for both language teaching and learning, subtitles can be a highly beneficial component of foreign language learning."

Dante Alighieri’s Commedia and music in the Purgatory – And of that second region will I sing

Alta Coertzen Academic research 2017-12-14

"The answer to the question whether the reading of the Purgatory could deepen the reader’s conception and experience of the far-reaching events of Easter is not a simple 'yes'."

Philosophy and written culture

Hercules Boshoff Academic research 2017-12-06

"The philosophical requires a free and spontaneous discussion and interaction about the meaning of texts, and provides a platform for a type of thinking that invites others outside to participate."

Legal disputes and what the Church can learn from the case of Fortuin v Church of Christ Mission of the Republic of South Africa and Others

Helena van Coller Academic research 2017-11-30

"Although it is widely accepted that courts, and even the state, should not force religious associations to exercise their religion in a particular way, they are not automatically exempt from procedural constitutional and other legislative provisions and measures."

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