Women Portrayal In The Select Fiction Of Nadine Gordimer

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Dr. Balkar Singh , Nasreen Iqbal Kasana


Apartheid has been studied from different perspectives, and many writers from South Africa picked up on it, intending to reveal its heinous face to the world. However, one author, apart from disclosing the horrendous front of Apartheid, set a trend of empowering women by handing over the bonfire of revolution to the women. In 1979 while openly commenting on the woman's role in the struggle against Apartheid, an activist, Thenjiwe Mtinsto, said, "the problem is that black women are not yet politicized enough to realize that we are in a state of war. Unfortunately, the men have developed, but the women have been left behind". (Goodwin 22). In such a state of chaos, Nadine Gordimer lit the lamp of hope for the women living in racially affected states by offering her female characters the role of a political struggle beyond the horizon of colour bias. In 1979, she published her masterpiece Burger's Daughter, the period during which the second wave of feminism was at its peak in the west and demanded their sexual rights and domestic rights and, along with it, condemning patriarchy on several issues. Over many years, women of South Africa were deprived and omitted from providing her a political space, but Nadine Gordimer impasse woman's deprivation through her works Burger's Daughter and My Son's Story. The present paper discusses the woman's role in organizing the protests against Apartheid by analysing it in Deleuze and Guattari's theory of Deterritorialization. 

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