oa Africa Insight - Literature in southern Africa : race and history in the stories of Nadine Gordimer

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The term southern African literature is misleading in as far as it lumps together the corpus of writings produced in the subcontinent on the basis of homogeneity. It brings together Black African literature and the writings of Afrikaans, English and Portuguese-speaking southern Africans, which may seem to be contrasting rather than similar. However, the writers of southern Africa are a homogenous group because they live in one geographic area and have all chosen language as a vehicle for reflecting their perceptions of not only the landscape, but also the social and political environment. In this series of articles focussing on southern African literature no attempt will therefore be made to find a common spirit among the writers. Instead, a few important writers will be discussed from a variety of perspectives. This first article, on Nadine Gordimer, is by Michael King who is presently doing research for his MA degree at the University of Cape Town.

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