The Urge to Nowhere: Wicomb and Cosmopolitanism

Gurnah, Abdulrazak S (2011) The Urge to Nowhere: Wicomb and Cosmopolitanism. Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, 12 (3-4). pp. 261-275. ISSN 1753-3171. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/17533171.2011.586828) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This essay tackles an important subject – cosmopolitanism – and relates this to travel and provincialism in Wicomb's fiction, drawing on Fanon, Bhabha and Gilroy, and discussing three of Wicomb's major works. It draws a link between place and memory, and how in Wicomb's work the latter is obscured by shame. It detects a productive tension in Wicomb's writing between the value of travel and the value of rootedness in one place, and proposes its resolution in the privileging of ambivalent moments of experience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Wicomb, Cosmopolitanism, Memory, Cape, Travel, Rootedness
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Stewart Brownrigg
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 09:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40593 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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