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Title:Intellectuals between resistance and legitimation: the cases of Nadine Gordimer and Christa Wolf
Author:Auga, UlrikeISNI
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
women writers
About person:Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014)
Abstract:The role of the public intellectual is usually discussed within the context of the nation-State. However, with the weakening post-ideological relationships between the nation and the State, public figures may be scrutinised in terms of what they really are: intellectuals. Applying a 'theory of the intellectual', a flexible pattern by which the different roles of public intellectuals can be discussed, the present author considers the roles occupied by Christa Wolf and Nadine Gordimer in their 'non-literary statements' in periods of political change in Germany and South Africa respectively. She argues that from erstwhile resistance writer Gordimer has become the 'State writer' of the ANC in the post-apartheid dispensation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]