• Journeys across fragmented lands: Coetzee’s Life and Times of Michael K and Adania Shibli’s Minor Detail

    Hania A.M. Nashef (see profile)
    CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century, CLCS Global Arab and Arab American, Critical Studies in World Literature, GS Prose Fiction, Postcolonial Literature
    Apartheid, Middle East--Palestine, South Africa
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    “Transnational Solidarity amongst (Settler) Colonised Peoples: Palestine and beyond”.
    Conf. Org.:
    University of Exeter
    Conf. Loc.:
    United Kingdom
    Conf. Date:
    April 3-4, 2023
    Palestine, Occupation, j.m. coetzee, adania shibli
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    Solidarity between South Africa and Palestine has a long history, and often times, a comparison is drawn between the apartheid system in South Africa and the Israeli occupation and settler-colonial project in Palestine. In 1997, the late South African President, Nelson Mandela, said, “We know all too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” Even though many analogies exist between the former apartheid system in South Africa, which spanned between 1948 and early 1990s, and Palestine throughout the years, the term apartheid has recently come to the forefront, often to highlight the daily crimes that are wrought on Palestinians in the hope that the world community react. Apartheid, meaning apartness, is a term that was used to define a system that dictated the relationship between the South African white minority and the nonwhite majority of the country. The policy endorsed racial segregation, resulting in economic, political and social discrimination against nonwhites. Many similarities exist between the Palestinian situation and the apartheid experience of South Africa. The geo-political divisions of Palestine, physically separating people from one another and from the land, not only restrict movement within space through a settler’s panoptic apparatus, but also reinforces apartheid in its worse form. The latter system also aids in the fragmentation of the Palestinian narrative and story. This paper is a comparative study of journeys undertaken by two protagonists in J.M. Coetzee’s Life & Times of Michael K (1983) and Adania Shibli’s Minor Detail (2017).
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