Nadine Gordimer's Burger's Daughter: A Casebook

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Judie Newman
Oxford University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
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South African writer Nadine Gordimer won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. Her seventh novel, Burger's Daughter, focuses upon the daughter of a white, communist Afrikaner hero. Based partly on fact, successively banned and unbanned by the South African authorities, the novel has also become something of a test case for feminist critics of Gordimer's writing. This casebook includes an interview with and an essay by Nadine Gordimer on the novel, classic and recent critical essays, an introduction discussing biographical and historical contexts and the literary reception, and a bibliography.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Waiting for Revolution
41
The Subject of Revolution
55
Leaving the Mothers House
81
The Degeneration of the Great South African Lie
117
What the Book Is About
149
Still Waiting for the Great Feminist Novel
167
Suggested Reading
221
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Judie Newman is Professor of American Studies at the University of Nottingham.

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