Crossing Lines: The Novels of Nadine Gordimer with a Particular Focus on Occasion for Loving and the Pickup (1)/Oorsteek Van Grense: Die Romans Van Nadine Gordimer Met Die Fokus Op Occasion for Loving En the Pickup

By Barker, Derek A. | Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, comparative linguistics and literary studies, December 2007 | Go to article overview

Crossing Lines: The Novels of Nadine Gordimer with a Particular Focus on Occasion for Loving and the Pickup (1)/Oorsteek Van Grense: Die Romans Van Nadine Gordimer Met Die Fokus Op Occasion for Loving En the Pickup


Barker, Derek A., Literator: Journal of Literary Criticism, comparative linguistics and literary studies


Abstract

Crossing lines: the novels of Nadine Gordimer with a particular focus on Occasion for loving and The pickup

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 The previous emphasis on the community and communal responsibility has to some extent been replaced by a relatively greater emphasis on the individual that is, a move from a stress on public identity to private identity.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).

Key concepts:

apartheid and postapartheid: South African English literature

Gordimer, Nadine: Occasion for Ioving

Gordimer, Nadine: The pickup

identity

Opsomming

Oorsteek van grense: die romans van Nadine Gordimer met die fokus op Occasion for loving en The pickup

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 amptefik beeindig 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 gele 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".

Kernbegrippe:

apartheid en postapartheid: Suid-Afrikaanse-Engelse literatuur

Gordimer, Nadine: Occasion for loving

Gordimer, Nadine: The pickup

identiteit

1. Introduction

Gordimer has published fourteen novels to date, (2) ten during apartheid, and four since its demise in April 1994. Born in 1923, Nadine Gordimer turns 84 this year. Her first book-length publication was a collection of short stories published in 1949 and she has not stopped writing and publishing since--an impressive 58-year record. Her writing includes fiction and non-fiction, short stories and novels, polemics and literary criticism. From the start of her writing career and throughout apartheid, Gordimer's writing and political position has been resoundingly critical of the apartheid regime and against racism in any of its many manifestations, though particularly of course the institutionalised racism that was apartheid.

It might well be assumed, therefore, that the fall of apartheid bereft this writer of her main target and subject matter. Quite evidently this is not the case. Confounding all such expectations, she has continued to write apace. A corollary assumption might be that the dramatic political changes would be reflected in a dramatic departure or new set of themes in the postapartheid period. …

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