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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - A study of identity in post-apartheid South African English literature : by Nadine Gordimer : research article

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In die ondersoek van aspekte van identiteit in "The Pickup", Nadine Gordimer se mees onlangse roman, dui hierdie artikel ook ander rigtings in die Suid-Afrikaanse Engelse fiksie van na die apartheidstydperk aan. In dié artikel word daarop gewys dat identiteit altyd 'n belangrike tema in Gordimer se romans was. Haar vroeëre romans het geneig om te fokus op haar karakters se stryd om politieke of rasse-identiteit, eerder as om persoonlike identiteit, terwyl haar latere romans toenemend aandag gee aan die konstruksie van individuele identiteit. "The Pickup" sit hierdie soeke na identiteit voort, maar vanuit 'n nuwe en interessante perspektief, 'n perspektief wat in ooreenstemming is met die politieke transformasie in die Suid-Afrika van die tydperk ná apartheid (na 1994). Hierdie tema is uiters relevant in die een-en-twintigste eeu met die toenemende klem op plek / ruimte en globalisering. Die artikel ondersoek dus die tema van identiteit in "The Pickup", aanvanklik teen 'n Suid-Afrikaanse agtergrond en dan teen die agtergrond van 'n dorpie iewers in die woestyn - waarskynlik in Noord-Afrika.

In examining aspects of identity in "The Pickup" (2001), Nadine Gordimer's latest novel, this article indicates new trends in post-apartheid South African English literature as well. In the article it is indicated that identity has always been an important theme in Gordimer's novels. Her earlier novels tend to focus on her characters' struggle to attain political or racial rather than personal freedom, while her later novels increasingly tend to examine the construction of individual identities. "The Pickup" has continued this search for identity, but against a new and interesting perspective, a perspective that is in line with the political transformation of post-apartheid South Africa after 1994. Moreover, this theme is extremely relevant in the twenty-first century with its increased emphasis on place and globalisation. This article thus examines the theme of identity in "The Pickup", first against a South African background and then against the backdrop of an unknown town somewhere in the desert - most probably in Northern Africa.

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