Nadine Gordimer World Literature Analysis - Essay

Nadine Gordimer World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Gordimer is often praised for her unsentimental portrayals of human lives under apartheid. Her postapartheid fiction continues to chronicle how personal lives are impacted by politics in the new South Africa. She has emphasized repeatedly that “the real influence of politics on my writing is the influence of politics on people.” As Gordimer herself becomes increasingly aware of and indignant about the political apparatus of her country, each character in her novels experiences a transformation that reflects the changes in South Africa. Until the dismantling of apartheid in the early 1990’s, Gordimer’s characters were situated in the context of a political system where the nation’s economic and judicial power was...

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