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11-08-2020

Representing Women in Post-Apartheid South Africa: Feminist Consciousness, Emancipatory Knowing and Social Development in Nadine Gordimer’s Fiction

 

Kouamé ADOU,

Maître de Conférences

Université Alassane Ouattara

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Abstract: This article analyses three of Nadine Gordimer’s post-apartheid novels from a postcolonial feminist and narratological viewpoint. More specifically, literary representations of women are examined to evaluate the social and cultural transformations in post-apartheid South Africa. The study argues that compared with her previous novels, Gordimer portrays strong female characters, especially the black ones, endowed with an acute feminist consciousness. In the South African society represented in None to Accompany Me, The Pickup and No Time like the Present, female characters surpass their traditional status as only life transmitting belts and domestic women to embrace that of agents of social development. Their efficient use of emancipatory knowing is indicative of Gordimer’s perception of South Africa as a site of gender inclusiveness.

Key terms: Emancipatory knowing, Empowerment, feminist consciousness, gender, representation, woman.

 

 

 

 

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