In Nadine Gordimer's view, the novel can present history as historians cannot. Moreover, this presentation is not fictional in the sense of being "untrue." Rather, fiction deals with an area of activity usually inaccessible to the sciences of greater externally: the area in which historical process is registered as the subjective experience of individuals in society; fiction give us "history from the inside." Gordimer's novels give us an extraordinary and unique insight into historical experience in the period in which she writes.
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A native of South Africa, Stephen Clingman is associate professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is editor of Nadine Gordimer's The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics, and Places.Review:
"Remarkable, both for [Clingman's] brilliant presentation of Gordimer's ideas and development as a writer, and for offering perhaps the most subtle and persuasive understanding of the relationship between literature and history to emerge from over a decade of literary research in southern Africa. . . . [The book] is a turning point in the study of South African literature."―Johannesberg Weekly Mail
"A brilliant, subtle, somber, and precise book. . . . Both as tribute and analysis, it is essential reading."―African Affairs
"Each of [Gordimer's] major works is discussed against the political background of its time―the atmosphere, events, and legislation―as well as literary and philosophical influences on her thinking. These are interrelated with the development of her style. . . . A superb and exhaustive study."―South African Cape Times
"Stands as an important intervention into the current theoretical debates and ideological controversies which engage contemporary literacy and cultural critical practices as these are being challenged by Third World, or nonhegemonic, literatures."―Research in African Literatures
"This brief overview cannot suggest the rich wisdom that Clingman's book offers. He presents a range of complex literary and political ideas in language of exemplary style and grace. He also gives penetrating readings of major political and social movement in South Africa and offers as well illuminating analyses of developments within South African literature in which he situates Gordimer's work intelligently and imaginatively. . . . It is a book of tremendous wisdom and should find its way on the book shelf of any person who thinks seriously about South Africa."―Johannesberg Star
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Descrizione libro Unwin Hyman, 1986. Condizione libro: Fair. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP74020372
Descrizione libro Unwin Hyman, 1986. Condizione libro: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP10233236
Descrizione libro Unwin Hyman, 1986. Condizione libro: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP91541439
Descrizione libro Unwin Hyman. Hardcover. Condizione libro: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Codice libro della libreria 2749209943
Descrizione libro Unwin Hyman, 1986. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG0048000825
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Acceptable. Book Condition: Acceptable. Codice libro della libreria 97800480008285.0
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Good. Book Condition: Good. Codice libro della libreria 97800480008284.0
Descrizione libro Unwin Hyman, U.S.A., 1986. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Book. Clean tightly bound copy. unmarked pages, lightest hint of sunning to the spine and the top corner has been neatly clipped from the first 2 ffep's to remove prev. owners name. The novels and short stories of Nadine Gordimer are acclaimed throughout the world. In 1991, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Yet until Stephen Clingman's study of her work, few will have been aware of how deeply it has responded to the history of South Africa over the past forty years. This study traces that history. Drawing out the central themes of her work, the book follows a developing consciousness of history through Gordimer's novels, to contribute towards a history of consciousness in South Africa. Major periods and events are covered, from the political triumph of the National Party in 1948 to the vibrant social and political world of the fifties; from the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 to the Soweto Revolt of 1976, and beyond. For Gordimer's many readers this book will provide an illuminating guide to an author whose work mirrors and reflects the turbulence of South African history as well as of our own times. L. Codice libro della libreria 2177
Descrizione libro Allen & Unwin. London 1986 1st edition., 1986. Blue cloth boards. 276pp 8vo. Inscribed by author thus: "August 1987. For Jeanne & Guy, With all good wishes, Stephen". Author analyses each of six works separately. Top edge spotted hence a near Fine copy in matching dustwrapper (no chips, tears, or loss, a little faded near rear of spine). Codice libro della libreria 22257
Descrizione libro Allen & Unwin 1986, 1986. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. First Edition. Near fine book - one shallow indent to the bottom edge of the back board in a near fine dust jacket with some surface wear to the lamination of the flaps, fading to the spine, and a small tear at the bottom corner of the back flap. First edition, First printing. History from the inside. Signed by Nadine Gordimer on the title page. Please note that this book is NOT SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR of this book. Signed By Nadine Gordimer. Codice libro della libreria 2004 188