The short fiction of Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer’s writing career, stretching from the 1940s through to the 1980s, coincides with the period of the political marginalization of the white English-speaking South African community. Her prose fiction is among the best that give account of this process. This analysis of her stories illustrates one of their distinguishing and most arresting features: namely, how Gordimer has succeeded not only in describing the hardships of South Africans living in conditions of manifest social inequality_but also has offered a perception of how, in particular, women have suffered in this situation. First, the author considers Gordimer’s position in South African society and the context of her writing, and then delineates a number of broad areas of concern in her short-fiction oeuvre. Notes, ref.

Title: The short fiction of Nadine Gordimer
Author: Trump, Martin
Year: 1986
Periodical: Research in African Literatures
Volume: 17
Issue: 3
Pages: 341-369
Language: English
Geographic term: South Africa
Subject: literature
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3819220
Abstract: Nadine Gordimer’s writing career, stretching from the 1940s through to the 1980s, coincides with the period of the political marginalization of the white English-speaking South African community. Her prose fiction is among the best that give account of this process. This analysis of her stories illustrates one of their distinguishing and most arresting features: namely, how Gordimer has succeeded not only in describing the hardships of South Africans living in conditions of manifest social inequality_but also has offered a perception of how, in particular, women have suffered in this situation. First, the author considers Gordimer’s position in South African society and the context of her writing, and then delineates a number of broad areas of concern in her short-fiction oeuvre. Notes, ref.