Journal of Chaohu University ›› 2020, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (2): 132-137.doi: 10.12152/j.issn.1672-2868.2020.02.019

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My Homeland is Where My Heart Finds Peace: A Study of Cosmopolitan Representation of Homeland in The Pickup

JIANG Meng,School of General Fundamental Courses, Wannan Medical College, Wuhu Anhui 241000   

  1. School of General Fundamental Courses, Wannan Medical College
  • Received:2019-12-17 Online:2020-03-25 Published:2020-06-16

Abstract: The Pickup is a novel written in post-apartheid period. Nadine Gordimer has depicted in The Pickup mankind’ s pursuit of an ideal homeland in the age of globalization, which reflects her hope for building a harmonious homeland of multicultural coexistence in new South Africa. Guided by the spirit of cosmopolitanism, the heroine Julie always conducts negotiations and communications when confronted with cultural differences and conflicts, which at last help her find home and settle down in a foreign land. Julie’s practices of cosmopolitanism have dissolved the center-periphery binary opposition. The study on cosmopolitan representation of homeland in
The Pickup will not only enrich African literature studies in China, but also contribute to the mutual cultural learning between China and Africa, as well as provide some references to the building of "a community with shared future for mankind".

Key words: Gordimer, globalization, community, homeland, cosmopolitanism

CLC Number: 

  • I106.4