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dc.contributor.authorBlair, Peter*
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-25T10:14:03Z
dc.date.available2019-06-25T10:14:03Z
dc.date.issued2019-06-30
dc.identifier.citationBlair, P. (2019). Experience’s potential and potential experiences: Subjectivity, alterity, and futurity in the late-Apartheid novels of Nadine Gordimer. Commonwealth Essays and Studies, 41(2), 103-116.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2270-0633
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/622372
dc.description.abstractThis article begins by scrutinizing divergent critical views of Gordimer’s subject position and authorial agency, which locate her variously on a spectrum ranging from liberal-humanist autonomy to historical-materialist determinism. It then considers how Gordimer’s nonfiction articulates a parallel ambivalence about the reach of the writer’s imagination (and its dependence on “the potential of his own experience”), particularly regarding the ethics and feasibility of creating racially “other” characters. Its main part reads July’s People (1981), in relation to other Gordimer novels, as a similarly self-reflexive engagement with subjectivity and alterity: the otherness of the imagined future (a “potential experience”) facilitates fresh socio-political perspectives, even as the novel expresses philosophical scepticism about such imaginative extrapolation and its textual representation. The article concludes with a new reading of the novel’s “open” ending as a projection of this epistemological conflict.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSociété d'Étude des Pays du Commonwealth / Society for the Study of Commonwealth Countriesen_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.univ-paris3.fr/commonwealth-essays-and-studies-16669.kjsp?RH=1226586296353en_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.univ-paris3.fr/41-2-spring-2019-nadine-gordimer-de-linking-interrupting-severing-591722.kjsp?RH=1226586296353
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectGordimeren_US
dc.subjectJuly's Peopleen_US
dc.subjectapartheiden_US
dc.subjectsubjectivityen_US
dc.subjectalterityen_US
dc.subjectfuturityen_US
dc.subjectexperienceen_US
dc.subjectpotentialen_US
dc.titleExperience’s Potential and Potential Experiences: Subjectivity, Alterity, and Futurity in the Late-Apartheid Novels of Nadine Gordimeren_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.identifier.journalCommonwealth Essays and Studiesen_US
dc.date.accepted2019-05-16
or.grant.openaccessNoen_US
rioxxterms.funderUnfundeden_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectUnfundeden_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2219-06-30
rioxxterms.publicationdate2019-06-30
dc.date.deposited2019-06-25


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