David’s Story has ratings and 19 reviews. Melissa said: I read this book for a class, and I can say it’s definitely not an easy read. However, as I b. David’s Story (Women Writing Africa) [Zoë Wicomb, Dorothy Driver] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The publication of You Can’t. As richly imagined and stylistically innovative as Wicomb’s debut work,David’s Story is a mesmerizing novel, multilayered and multivoiced, at times elegiac, wry, .

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By suggesting that the body is that which remains after signification has taken place, she allows its absence in her novel to interrupt this opposition and its social functioning.


Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Paperbackpages. It reduces the body of the individual to a vehicle through which taint perpetuates itself and, in so doing, destines the individual to live his or her body as a bearer of a record of shame. Contact Contact Us Help. The feminist thrust in the novel is unable to like Dulcie find a voice and so is stifled by the patriarchal movement, once their usefulness is gone.

Sheena rated it it was ok Nov syory, She is the author of numerous articles dealing with issues of feminism and postcolonial literature.

Karel Schoeman, Cape Town: David Philip and Johannes- burg: Account Options Sign in. It’s a postmodern text in that it is very conscious of its own construction, issues of telling the truth and of personal perspectives, etc. Although arguably the movement itself can be seen as a means for the non-dominant voice to be heard the factions within the groups or the women who are more oppressed are denied a voice.


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The feminist thrust in the novel represents that an emergence of political change is facilitated and strengthened by female involvement, and that by abandoning this pivotal part of the group everything begins to crumble. Lawrence and Wishart,pp. I can’t wait to delve into it and read more for my essay. What a generally helpful review this has been, don’t you think? University dxvid Chicago Press, p.

Dulcie is the true protagonist of the novel but it is ultimately impossible to find her fully articulated in the novel. Love is a main component in her refusal to speak.

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This shows that the subaltern then can not speak in this manner or at least not fully articulate what they have wicomn say in such an organized and regimented form. However, as I began to analyze the bookI began to understand wicommb and more about the story and why it was written the way it was. Though it was a confusing read at first, I gradually began to appreciate this story more, and I found it to be a very addicting read, because as I mentioned it forces you to do “detective work” along with Wtory and the narrator.

Her ability to in the end find love and thereby in some way embrace her femininity is important too for then she is able to fully embrace her subaltern state.

She was not able to care for someone for reasons separate from the cause and not allowed to be a woman. Another book that I had higher expectations for and was a bit disappointed with.


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Jan 06, InfinitexLibrary rated it did not like it. I was absolutely, completely in over my head. The author wants a representation a clearly definable image in which people can take solace and relate too. She elaborates by stating that “her own little secret has come to stand for something else, something to do with a world blown up, enlarged so that comrades huddle like startled animals dvid unfamiliar groups.

The Post-Colonial Studies Stoey. Equally tellingly, the reader finds that it is not only David who cannot represent Dulcie, but also his amanuensis, the steatopygous narrator and surrogate author of the novel.

David himself is wary of allowing his voice to be heard. Feminist Press,p.

Mar 06, Shannon rated it did not like it Shelves: David Philip,pp. Be the first to discover new talent! Not for commercial use or unauthorized distribution. Selected pages Title Page.

Dulcie gave up the cause and regained her humanity by shrinking from the confines of representation. The idea of an individual being so empowered and deep reduced to a metaphorical sound is frustrating.

As richly imagined and stylistically innovative as Wicomb’s debut work,David’s Story is a mesmerizing novel, multilayered and multivoiced, at times elegiac, wry, and expansive