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A study of Nadine Gordimer's evocation of the body in selected novels

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dc.contributor.author Cho P en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:16:36Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:16:36Z
dc.date.created 1993 en
dc.date.submitted 1998 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/10112
dc.description.abstract Nadine Gordimer's novels focus on the conflict between the private and public spheres that impinge on the individual. One of the ways in which her novels express the conflict is through evocations of the physico-sexual body. This study examines her translation of political issues into intimate, private terms in selected novels. Gordimer's novels reveal a particular consciousness of the inextricable relation between personal and public history. Her observations of close, physical encounters between races reveal deeply-seated fears, feelings of historical guilt, or loss of justifiable identity. The private observations are then transformed artistically as she creates a kind of private myth in which the body enacts visions of a society free of racial and political boundaries in which the individual confronts and accepts responsibility for historical realities. In the context of her novels, the protagonists confront the question of "how to live" in highly political settings. The body metaphor recurs throughout her novels to articulate the crisis and to point out the predicament in which the protagonists find themselves. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Prose literature and fiction en
dc.title A study of Nadine Gordimer's evocation of the body in selected novels en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en

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