International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 2(8), pp. 157-167, August, 2014

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2014.046


Activism and Narrative Techniques in Nadine Gordimer’s The Conservationist


G.Sankar, Assistant Professor


Department of English, Vel Tech Dr.RR & Dr.SR Technical University, Avadi-Chennai-600062, India.

 E-mail: vijaya.sankar028@gmail.com


Accepted 7 August 2014


The great women novelist in Commonwealth period who is Nadine Gordimer, her novel The Conservationist was a joint winner of the Booker prize in 1974. As a critic remark in the Observer (quoted on the back flap of the text), “The author of this gravel beautiful book has transcended her considerable talent and produced one of those rare works of imaginative literature that command the special respect reserved for artistic daring and fulfilled ambition. Gordimer has earned herself a place among the few novelists who really matter. The Conservationist reads as if it had to be written.” The narrative strategy of the novel is complex, and involves an equivocal treatment of the prediction of political change, the nature of a benighted white consciousness and the idea of conservative. The central protagonist of the novel, Mehring’s, the white 'colonizer', is not the narrator. The novelist introduced different kind of Narrative technique and activist thoughts. that is why the novel is called Activist novel in the field of Literature or work of art with the literariness of Nadine Gordimer’s

Keywords: Narrative technique, Activist, Social realism, Artistic features, Strategy




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