TITLE

"Ovals, Spheres, Ellipses, and Sundry Bulges": Alex La Guma Imagines the Human Body

AUTHOR(S)
Carpenter, William
PUB. DATE
December 1991
SOURCE
Research in African Literatures;Winter1991, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p79
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on Alex La Guma's figurative treatment of the human body. According to La Guma, human beings live first of all in the natural world. He is unsentimental about this world, which subjects people to flood, drought and starvation. Nevertheless, he recognizes specifically human modes of existing that allow people to accommodate themselves to their harsh environment. Practical and ideological solidarity, for example, should enable individuals to share labor, pleasure, and self-denial in self-conscious community.
ACCESSION #
15521241

 

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