Zoe Wicomb: Playing in the Light (2021 words)


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Navigating the injustices of apartheid as impositions of political ideology is a central concern for writers at the forefront of the South African literary canon. For Zoë Wicomb, this task also involves capturing the complexities of racially stratified structures as daily, practical barriers to relationships and ambitions. In a number of Wicomb’s works, the everyday interactions of her characters are informed by a critique of social, cultural and national distinctions – a project described by Wicomb as “the recovery of minor, neglected or disparaged peoples and events” (Wicomb, 2013). Her earlier works (You Can’t Get Lost in Capetown (1987) and David’s Story (2001)) provide …

Citation: Ilsley, Natalie. "Playing in the Light". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 April 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24869, accessed 18 May 2022.]

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