The Writing of Change in South Africa: JM Coetzee; Zakes Mda and Zoe Wicomb

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In "Disgrace"; "The Heart of Redness" and "David's Story" these writers present very different ways of viewing a particular cultural biosphere after 1994. While the texts are anchored in social and historical archives of collaboration and resitance to colonialism and racism, individually they search for meaning and significance in a sea of hyper-cultures and neo-identities. Cameleon-like in their vision, they focus on their prey while scrutinising the global horizon. They make widely different observations on individuals who struggle to relinquish their demons in pursuit of chialistic futures against a backdrop of desparity and inequity.


Keywords: Collaboration, Resistance, Identity, Culture, Narrative
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Neville James Smith

Senior Lecturer, English Studies; School of Languages, Media and Communication, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Lecturer in English Studies at the Missionvale Campus (formerly Vista University) in Port Elizabeth since 1991. Holds a MA in South African Literature and a PhD in English Literature from University of KwaZulu-Natal. Has written several papers on Travel Writing and Transculturation in Africa and recently published an article on 'Difference JM Coetzee's "Disgrace" ' Journal of Literary Studies 23: 2 June 2007.

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