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Title:Dan Jacobson as expatriate writer: South Africa as private resource and half-code and the literature of multiple exposure
Author:Gready, PaulISNI
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:South Africa
About person:Dan Jacobson (1929-)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3819865
Abstract:In dealing with writing and exile Claudio Guillén and Andrew Gurr argue that writers in exile move from a preoccupation with their native country to an imaginative response often characterized by a tendency towards integration, increasingly broad vistas or universalism. Few South African writers can be, or would want to be, located within the paradigms of Guillén and Gurr. Dan Jacobson, however, conforms with and departs from the transition outlined by both men and is, amongst South African writers, furthest along its course. Jacobson has lived as an expatriate in London since 1954. This article analyses his writings. It illustrates how, in ways which have evolved over time, Jacobson has remained a writer who speaks of and to South Africa. He departs from the theories proposed by Guillén and Gurr in several ways. Among the most important are that the initial home is never totally transcended but continues to influence, in evolving ways, the worlds made available to, and created by, the writer; and that autobiography (Jacobson's autobiography was published in 1985) can provide a literary homecoming to that intimate and formative territory, even after decades of living elsewhere. Bibliogr., notes, ref.