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Nadine Gordimer revisited [electronic resource] /
Barbara Temple-Thurston.
imprint
New York : Twayne Publishers, c1999.
description
xix, 166 p. : port. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0805746080 (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Twayne Publishers, c1999.
isbn
0805746080 (alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8771795
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-162) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Barbara Temple-Thurston is associate professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, where her teaching and research interests center on African and Caribbean literature
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1999-10-01:
Temple-Thurston's up-to-date study is the only one to discuss Gordimer's more recent work, i.e., None to Accompany Me (1994) and The House Gun (1998). Michael Wade's important White on Black in South Africa (1993) appeared before those novels were published. Though rather dependent on earlier critics, the present survey is intelligent and interesting and addresses the chief question that hangs over Gordimer's postapartheid work: Does she have anything to write about now that the apartheid regime is gone? Temple-Thurston's answer is more polite than persuasive, since The House Gun is less compelling than most of Gordimer's earlier work. On the whole, Gordimer has simply moved from biracial to bisexual themes. Temple-Thurston (Pacific Lutheran Univ.) could have taken a more literary focus, since good writing, not political relevance, makes for enduring literature; Gordimer's literary achievement has always been flawed by weak characterization and an uneven style. Nonetheless, because world interest in Gordimer will probably diminish henceforth, this study may well remain one of the most comprehensive of her work. All collections. J. B. Beston Nazareth College of Rochester
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Choice, October 1999
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Summaries
Main Description
Nobel Prize-winning South African novelist and short-story writer whose major themes are exile and alienation.
Unpaid Annotation
Twayne's United States Authors, English Authors, and World Authors Series present concise critical introductions to great writers and their works.Devoted to critical interpretation and discussion of an author's work, each study takes account of major literary trends and important scholarly contributions and provides new critical insights with an original point of view. An Authors Series volume addresses readers ranging from advanced high school students to university professors. The book suggests to the informed reader new ways of considering a writer's work.Each volume features: -- A critical, interpretive study and explication of the author's works-- A brief biography of the author-- An accessible chronology outlining the life, the work, and relevant historical context-- Aids for further study: complete notes and references, a selected annotated bibliography and an index-- A readable style presented in a manageable length
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Chronologyp. xiii
The Rise of a Writer: "Falling, Falling through the Surface"p. 1
Where Do Whites Fit In? The Lying Days, A World of Strangers, and Occasion for Lovingp. 12
The Novel and the Nation: The Late Bourgeois World, A Guest of Honour, and The Conservationistp. 41
Living in the Interregnum: Burger's Daughter and July's Peoplep. 78
Apprentices of Freedom: A Sport of Nature, My Son's Story, and None to Accompany Mep. 104
The Future Is Another Country: The House Gunp. 145
Notes and Referencesp. 155
Selected Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 163
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