NADINE GORDIMER AND THE AFRICAN RESISTANCE MOVEMENT
Professor David Attwell, Department of English, University of York
This lecture looks at Nadine Gordimer’s fictionalisation of the ARM (African Resistance Movement) in her 1966 novel, The Late Bourgeois World. The novel is part of the wide-ranging cultural legacy of the ARM, an organisation of mainly liberals who undertook sabotage aimed at infrastructure from 1960 to 1964. Although Gordimer gives an unflattering portrait of Max van den Sandt as a failed saboteur, her representation of Elizabeth van den Sandt, Max’s ex-wife, explores positively the existential crisis to which non-lethal sabotage was an ethical response.
Gordimer, N. 1966. The Late Bourgois World. London: Jonathan Cape.
Lewin, Hugh. 1989. Bandiet . Cape Town: David Philip.