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Title:Shifts in Gordimer's recent short fiction: story-telling after apartheid
Author:Dimitriu, IleanaISNI
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:short stories
English language
About person:Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014)
Abstract:This paper challenges interpretations of Nadine Gordimer's short-story writing as ideologically less significant and/or artistically less accomplished than her novels: by bringing a more comprehensive approach to the shorter fiction, the paper suggests the need of going beyond binary thinking regarding genre considerations. After presenting an overview of Gordimer's earlier and later short-story collections, looking at 'The soft voice of the serpent' (1953) and 'Jump' (1991), respectively, the focus shifts to her most recent collection, 'Loot' (2003), to analyse new tendencies in her writing. Although in the last decade, the moral pressure for an exclusive focus on South Africa has been lifted, Gordimer neither simply escapes into decontextualized meditations, nor continues to obsess about South Africa. Instead, she expresses a new interest in the dynamics of the local and the global, of the global beyond the local, and looks at broader issues of postcolonial relevance in the world today: identity and (dis)location, migration and exile, hybridity and liminality - all steeped in the tension between 'centre and periphery' as global phenomena after apartheid, and after the Cold War. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]