Program in British Studies

‘The Territory of My Imagination: Rediscovering Dan Jacobson’s South Africa’

Geoffrey Davis UNIVERSITY OF AACHEN

Fri, September 9, 2011 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Since Dan Jacobson left South Africa in 1954 to settle in England he has produced a range of novels, critical essays, autobiographical writings, and travelogues.  In spite of the intellectual and critical challenges his writings pose, Jacobson’s work has attracted little scholarly attention.  It is worthwhile pursuing a rediscovery of Jacobson’s work through a discussion of the role that South Africa plays in his fictional and non-fictional writing.  Jacobson exemplifies the expatriate who refuses to put his emotional and intellectual origins behind him and whose consciousness remains South African.

 

 Geoffrey Davis has recently retired from his Chair of English Literature at the University of Aachen, Germany.  He holds degrees from the universities of Oxford, Aachen and Essen. He is currently chair of the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.  His most recent publication is a co-edited volume entitled Voice and Memory: Indigenous Imagination and Expression (2011).

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