oa Alternation - Gardening in 'Other Countries': Schoeman, Coetzee, Conrad

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Both Karel Schoeman and J.M. Coetzee make use in their writings of the garden as a postcolonial trope. Joseph Conrad's (1912) short story 'A Smile of Fortune', written almost a century earlier, also makes use of the garden as a trope, but the ideological and conceptual framework employed by Conrad differs considerably from the work of the latter novelists. Although Schoeman in Another Country ([1984]1991) has been accused of a lack of social commitment, the novel in fact contains a sustained debate centred on the ability of a European language (and consequently its community of users) successfully to accommodate itself to Africa.

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