Progress and Feminist Literary Criticism

The "New Eras" of Nadine Gordimer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Abstract

It has often been suggested that reading Nadine Gordimer’s novels and stories chronologically allows the reader to track the development of her opposition to apartheid, and feminist critics have tended to read her depictions of women as out of step with this increasing radicalism of her antiracism. This chapter argues that there are moments in Gordimer’s fiction which self-consciously associate literariness and the act of writing with the disruption of teleological models of political progress – that is, the texts challenge the interpretative frames which have been used to read them. Through this it asks whether the particular qualities of literary writing might contribute to our understanding of those uneasy political histories (like that, perhaps, of feminist English Studies itself) in which predictable development is disrupted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInfluence and Inheritance in Feminist English Studies
EditorsEmily J. Hogg, Clara Jones
Place of PublicationHoundmills, Basingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2015
Pages49-65
Chapter4
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-49750-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-349-50512-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Literary Criticism
Literary Writing
Radicalism
English Studies
Political History
Disruption
Apartheid
Reader
Fiction
Novel
Anti-racism
Literariness

Cite this

Hogg, E. J. (2015). Progress and Feminist Literary Criticism: The "New Eras" of Nadine Gordimer. In E. J. Hogg, & C. Jones (Eds.), Influence and Inheritance in Feminist English Studies (pp. 49-65). Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137497505.0001
Hogg, Emily J. / Progress and Feminist Literary Criticism : The "New Eras" of Nadine Gordimer. Influence and Inheritance in Feminist English Studies. editor / Emily J. Hogg ; Clara Jones. Houndmills, Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. pp. 49-65
@inbook{32d36443aae642e79f1bce39ddcc4a94,
title = "Progress and Feminist Literary Criticism: The {"}New Eras{"} of Nadine Gordimer",
abstract = "It has often been suggested that reading Nadine Gordimer’s novels and stories chronologically allows the reader to track the development of her opposition to apartheid, and feminist critics have tended to read her depictions of women as out of step with this increasing radicalism of her antiracism. This chapter argues that there are moments in Gordimer’s fiction which self-consciously associate literariness and the act of writing with the disruption of teleological models of political progress – that is, the texts challenge the interpretative frames which have been used to read them. Through this it asks whether the particular qualities of literary writing might contribute to our understanding of those uneasy political histories (like that, perhaps, of feminist English Studies itself) in which predictable development is disrupted.",
author = "Hogg, {Emily J.}",
year = "2015",
doi = "10.1057/9781137497505.0001",
language = "English",
isbn = "978-1-137-49750-5",
pages = "49--65",
editor = "Hogg, {Emily J. } and Jones, {Clara }",
booktitle = "Influence and Inheritance in Feminist English Studies",
publisher = "Palgrave Macmillan",

}

Hogg, EJ 2015, Progress and Feminist Literary Criticism: The "New Eras" of Nadine Gordimer. in EJ Hogg & C Jones (eds), Influence and Inheritance in Feminist English Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 49-65. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137497505.0001

Progress and Feminist Literary Criticism : The "New Eras" of Nadine Gordimer. / Hogg, Emily J.

Influence and Inheritance in Feminist English Studies. ed. / Emily J. Hogg; Clara Jones. Houndmills, Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. p. 49-65.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

TY - CHAP

T1 - Progress and Feminist Literary Criticism

T2 - The "New Eras" of Nadine Gordimer

AU - Hogg, Emily J.

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - It has often been suggested that reading Nadine Gordimer’s novels and stories chronologically allows the reader to track the development of her opposition to apartheid, and feminist critics have tended to read her depictions of women as out of step with this increasing radicalism of her antiracism. This chapter argues that there are moments in Gordimer’s fiction which self-consciously associate literariness and the act of writing with the disruption of teleological models of political progress – that is, the texts challenge the interpretative frames which have been used to read them. Through this it asks whether the particular qualities of literary writing might contribute to our understanding of those uneasy political histories (like that, perhaps, of feminist English Studies itself) in which predictable development is disrupted.

AB - It has often been suggested that reading Nadine Gordimer’s novels and stories chronologically allows the reader to track the development of her opposition to apartheid, and feminist critics have tended to read her depictions of women as out of step with this increasing radicalism of her antiracism. This chapter argues that there are moments in Gordimer’s fiction which self-consciously associate literariness and the act of writing with the disruption of teleological models of political progress – that is, the texts challenge the interpretative frames which have been used to read them. Through this it asks whether the particular qualities of literary writing might contribute to our understanding of those uneasy political histories (like that, perhaps, of feminist English Studies itself) in which predictable development is disrupted.

U2 - 10.1057/9781137497505.0001

DO - 10.1057/9781137497505.0001

M3 - Book chapter

SN - 978-1-137-49750-5

SP - 49

EP - 65

BT - Influence and Inheritance in Feminist English Studies

A2 - Hogg, Emily J.

A2 - Jones, Clara

PB - Palgrave Macmillan

CY - Houndmills, Basingstoke

ER -

Hogg EJ. Progress and Feminist Literary Criticism: The "New Eras" of Nadine Gordimer. In Hogg EJ, Jones C, editors, Influence and Inheritance in Feminist English Studies. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 2015. p. 49-65 https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137497505.0001