GLOCALCOLLOQUIES - Vol 2, Issue 1, June 2016

Pages: 114-124

Negotiating a Life: The Many Face(s) of Social Identity in Nadine Gordimer’s Burger’s Daughter

Author: Shukla, Manjari

Category: Research

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Burger’s Daughter (1979) is a historical and political novel by the South African Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer. Set in South Africa of the mid-1970s, it narrates the life of Rosa, the protagonist, as she comes to terms with her father Lionel Burger’s legacy as an activist in the South African Communist Party. The narrative oscillates back and forth between Rosa’s internal monologue and the omniscient narrator and voices the history of anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa portraying some real events and people including Nelson Mandela and the 1976 Soweto uprising. The narrative presents an ongoing conflict between the protagonist’s assertion of an identity independent of her father’s role as a political activist, and her ultimate realization of a life that is private and political both. The paper attempts to discuss and elaborate on the journey taken up by Rosa and how she ultimately redefines her identity amidst political and personal chaos.

Keywords: Anti-apartheid struggle, I-dentity, South African social-political system

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