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South African panorama: the novels of Daphne Rooke

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dc.contributor.author Coetzee PJ en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:10:59Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:10:59Z
dc.date.created 1997 en
dc.date.submitted 1998 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/21909
dc.description.abstract This thesis covers Daphne Rooke's eight published South African novels: A Grove of Fever Trees, Mittee, Ratoons, Wizards' Country, A Lover for Estelle, The GreyIing, Diamond Jo, and Margaretha de la Porte. It supports the recent revival of critical interest in Rooke, and argues for the continuing relevance of her work in post-apartheid South Africa. This study also broadens the scope of recent Rooke research by including lesser known works like The GreyIing and Margaretha de la Porte in its analysis. Recent criticism has focused on Rooke's unusual blend of romance and realism. The first three chapters concentrate more on realism, emphasising the depth and extent of Rooke's engagement with serious social issues. The novels are examined in terms of their handling of the themes of class (Chapter One), race (Chapter Two) and gender (Chapter Three). The concluding chapter shifts in focus to romance and examines the question of generic identity -- touching on Rooke's gothic, magical realist and popular qualities -- within a consideration of the particular South African-ness of her work. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Prose literature and fiction en
dc.title South African panorama: the novels of Daphne Rooke en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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