The IUP Journal of English Studies
Beyond Apartheid: A Study of Nadine Gordimer's Post-Apartheid Fiction

Article Details
Pub. Date : March, 2022
Product Name : The IUP Journal of English Studies
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJES080322
Author Name :Kusha Tiwari
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 14



This paper examines 'freedom' and its state of arrival in Nadine Gordimer's post-apartheid fiction. It explores the possibility of a sense of freedom in the 'white' author, who has shed the burden of writing for a cause in order to prove her allegiance to the truth. In the post-apartheid scenario, Gordimer is liberated of the critical and social pressure to respond actively to the local dilemmas and social conflicts. She experiments with literary conventions and techniques so as to create a euphoric blend of humanistic, sociological and socio-political narratives. There are alternative endings, overlapping and fragmented narratives, intertextual references, multilayered structures, allegoric and symbolic allusions, varied motifs and metaphors that enhance Gordimer's aesthetic endeavor and widen the narrative perspective. She expands her imagination in the post-apartheid era and creates fiction that moves through differing cultural contexts, blurring different temporal and spatial boundaries.

This phrase reminds one of Nadine Gordimer's story "Alternative Endings" where she states: "The continuity of existence has to be selectively interrupted by the sense of form which is art" (Gordimer 2007, 139). The story with its literary delving, fragmented multiple narratives and creative maneuverings represent the liberation of Gordimer's imagination from the enclosed spaces of social/political articulations. Goridmer, throughout her writing, managed to acquire an evident freedom from public conformity for political interpretations; still her prolific expression and inventiveness were overshadowed by the political activism reflected in her apartheid fiction. The present paper examines Gordimer's post-apartheid