Writing Women, Writing Place: Contemporary Australian and South African Fiction

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Oktober 2003



"Writing Woman, Writing Place" analyzes the ways in which contemporary women writers in the two "settler" colonies of Australia and South Africa explore notions fo self, identity and place in their fiction.
Both Australian and South African societies are undergoing the process of coming to terms with their often violent colonial pasts and, in doing so, are also re-evaluating and re-examining the history of white privilege and indigenous dispossession. Contemporary women writers in these two societies are still writing about similar issues as did earlier generations of women, such as exclusions from discourses of nation, a problematic relationship to place and belonging, relations with indigenous people and the way in which women's subjectivity has been constructed through national stereotypes and representations. This book describes and analyzes some contemporary responses to "writing woman, writing place" through close readings of particular texts that explore these issues.


General Introduction: Place, Space and Gender Part One: Contemporary Australian Fiction Introduction: Post-Bicentennial Perspectives 1. The Violence of Representation: Rewriting 'The Drover's Wife' 2. 'Gone Bush': Refiguring Women and the Bush 3. Another Country: the 'Terrible Darkness' of Country Towns 4. Learning to Belong: Nation and Reconciliation Part Two: Contemporary South African Fiction Introduction: New Subjectivities 5. 'A White Woman's Words': The Politics of Representation and Commitment 6. Rewriting the Farm Novel 7. Revisioning History 8. A State of Violence: The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation 9. Beyond the National: Exile and Belonging in Nadine Gordimer's The Pickup and Eva Sallis's The City of Sealions


Sue Kossew was born in South Africa and spent her childhood in Zambia. She lived and taught in England and has been in Australia since 1987. She is a senior lecturer in the School of English at the University of New South Wales. Her previous publications have been in the field of South African and Australian literature, notably on J.M. Coetzee, Andre Brink and Nadine Gordimer.


"The strength of Kossew s book lies especially in her detailed, rich, and thoughtful readings of the selected works. Writing Woman, Writing Place takes a critically rigorous approach and offers meticulous attention to the possibilities that emerge at the crossover of colonial and postcolonial identity formation, especially as this relates to place, space, time, and, crucially, gender." --H-Net Reviews
EAN: 9780415286497
ISBN: 0415286492
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2003
Seitenanzahl: 202 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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