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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Crossing lines: the novels of Nadine Gordimer with a particular focus on and : research article

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Novelist, playwright, short-story writer, polemicist and activist, Nadine Gordimer (1929), received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991. She is an implacable opponent of apartheid, which she opposed through her imaginative writing as well as through essays and polemics. The end of apartheid was heralded by the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990, and officially ended with the first democratic elections that were held in April of 1994. Gordimer has produced fourteen novels to date: ten falling clearly within the apartheid period, and four novels that can be classified as falling within the postapartheid period. There is evidence of several general and interrelated shifts in her novels since the demise of apartheid. The previous emphasis on the community and communal responsibility has to some extent been replaced by a relatively greater emphasis on the individual, that is, a move from a stress on public identity to private identity. Local, South African concerns are succeeded by more global concerns. This article discusses these developments, with a specific focus on "Occasion for loving" (1963) and "The pickup" (2001).


Romanskrywer, dramaturg, kortverhaalskrywer, polemikus en aktivis, Nadine Gordimer (1929), ontvang die Nobelprys vir Literatuur in 1991. Sy is 'n onverbiddelike teenstander van apartheid wat sy beveg het deur haar romans, essays en polemieke. Die einde van apartheid is voorafgegaan deur die vrylating van Nelson Mandela in 1990 en amptelik beëindig deur die eerste demokratiese verkiesing in April 1994. Tot nou toe het daar reeds veertien van Gordimer se romans verskyn. Tien van die romans kon duidelik geklassifiseer word as verhale binne die apartheidsera en vier romans as verhale in die postapartheidsera. Daar is bewyse van verskeie algemene en verbandhoudende veranderings in haar romans sedert die einde van apartheid. Voorheen is klem gelê op die gemeenskap en gemeenskaplike verantwoordelikhede. Die klem word egter nou tot 'n mate verskuif na die individu. Tans val die aksent dus eerder op openbare identiteit as op private identiteit. Plaaslike Suid-Afrikaanse aangeleenthede word afgewissel deur meer universele aangeleenthede. Hierdie artikel bespreek hierdie tipe ontwikkelings met die fokus op "Occasion for loving" en "The pickup".

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