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Olive Schreiner [electronic resource] /
Cherry Clayton.
New York : Twayne ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1997.
xix, 140 p. ; 23 cm.
0805782877 (alk. paper)
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New York : Twayne ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1997.
0805782877 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 117-133) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-12:
This is an important scholarly study of the works of a major 19th-century writer--and the first novelist to emerge from colonial South Africa. Schreiner offered insights into the position of women within the European colonial world and was perhaps the first writer to suggest how colonial social structures marginalized European women. Clayton suggests that Schreiner's growing understanding of the relationship between gender and imperialism led to her anticolonial activities. She analyzes both Schreiner's fiction and her nonfiction, examining such major works as From Man to Man, The Story of an African Farm, and Women and Labour, and her pamphlets and political writings. In the year of her death (1923), Schreiner asked how "from our political states and discordant races, can a great, a healthy, a united, and organized nation be formed?" This thorough analysis of Schreiner's work builds on earlier scholarship by Kathleen Blake, Karel Schoeman, Marion Friedmann, Ruth First, Ann Scott, Rachel Blau Du Plessis, among others. It is well written--with excellent notes, bibliography, and historical outline--and offers readers a wonderful story of a heroic artist whose life and writings chronicle an important period of African colonial history. General; upper-division undergraduates; graduates; faculty. C. Pike; University of Minnesota
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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

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