Growing up in small-town Namaqualand , she went to Cape Town for high school, and attended the University of the Western Cape which was established in as a university for " Coloureds ". She lived in Nottingham and Glasgow and returned to South Africa in , where she taught for three years in the department of English at the University of the Western Cape. She was Professor Extraordinaire at Stellenbosch University from to She is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Strathclyde.
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Growing up in small-town Namaqualand , she went to Cape Town for high school, and attended the University of the Western Cape which was established in as a university for " Coloureds ". She lived in Nottingham and Glasgow and returned to South Africa in , where she taught for three years in the department of English at the University of the Western Cape.
She was Professor Extraordinaire at Stellenbosch University from to She is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Strathclyde. This work has been compared to V. By presenting the novel as the work of an amanuensis creating a narrative out of the scattered statements of the central character, David Dirkse, Wicomb raises questions about the writing of history in a period of political instability, and by relating the stories of the Griqua people from whom Dirkse is, in part like Wicomb , descended, it exposes the dangers of ethnic exclusiveness.
The novel has been studied as a key work dealing with the transition period in South Africa along with Disgrace , by J. Coetzee and Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor. Many of the stories—which are often linked to one another—deal with South Africans in Scotland or Scots in South Africa. Her third novel, October, was published in ; its central character, Mercia Murray, returns from Glasgow to Namaqualand to visit her brother and his family and to face the question of what "home" means.
Wicomb has also published numerous articles of literary and cultural criticism; a selection of these has been collected in Race, Nation, Translation: South African essays, edited by Andrew van der Vlies; Yale University Press,
Yet, through the muddle of confusing stories, perspectives, there is one truth that remains constant in this story. Aug 18, Fred Daly rated it really liked it. Save this article In other words, the novel contends that, in part at least, the symbolic differentiation of the davod body provided the ideological foundation for the imperial adventure in Africa. There is artistry in that, I guess, but in the end, one sho It was very, very hard to make sense of this book. Their love for each other a group with a common and definable aim the protection of one another and not based on a fear of reprisal but on their mutual love for one another.
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PDF 2. Political parties were negotiating a democracy amidst immense tensions and an escalation in violence. By the time Wicomb was writing and publishing this novel, the ANC had successfully won two elections in and , but the euphoria had been replaced by a sense of disillusionment and uncertainty remained. All further references will be to The amenuensis goes on to explain why this is the case, pointing out that David has written some "fragments" of it, but that she has "fleshed out" the rest, and the anachronistic tone continues with her remark that, "he both wanted and did not want it to be written". The use of a first person narrator draws attention to inevitable subjectivity and possible unreliability.