ELCH - Studies in English Literary and Cultural History - Vol. 31

ELK - Studien zur Englischen Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft - Band 31

Sonja AltnŲder

Inhabiting the "New" South Africa - Ethical Encounters at the Race-Gender Interface
in Four Post-Apartheid Novels by ZoŽ Wicomb, Sindiwe Magona, Nadine Gordimer
and Farida Karodia


Located at the interface of literary and cultural studies, this study explores the multi-layered processes of transformation in post-apartheid South Africa as well as their narrative (re)productions and (re)presentations in four novels by South African women writers: ZoŽ Wicomb's David's Story, Sindiwe Magona's Mother to Mother, Nadine Gordimer's The Pickup and Farida Karodia's Boundaries

Based on a threefold theoretical framework, the "new" South Africa is regarded as a perpetually unfolding, transdifferent time-space, in which cultural identities must be negotiated at the interface of multiply intersecting affiliations and in which the boundary lines of apartheid's categories of difference have become increasingly blurred so that the ensuing experience of uncertainty demands an ethical encounter with the (cultural) Other. 

Juxtaposing the readings of four literary texts reveals striking similarities, but also pertinent divergences in their renditions of the Rainbow Nation and, above all, engenders a heterogeneous chorus of South African voices.


ISBN 978-3-86821-015-6, 248 S., kt., Ä 26,50 (2008)


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