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Wicomb, Zoë


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


Zoë Wicomb is a professor and author of both critical and creative writing about South African life and culture during and after apartheid. After her first two major publications, You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town (1987) and David's Story (2000), Wicomb received great critical acclaim, leading to a series of academic conferences in England and South Africa about her work and bringing more attention to South African literature by women of color. Her honors include the 2013 Windham Campbell Prize for Literature, the 2001 M-Net Literary Award for David's Story , and the Commonwealth Prize shortlist for both Playing in the Light (2006) and The One that Got Away (2008). Wicomb's latest novel is October (2014). Her fiction has been translated into Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Swedish. Born in 1948 in Beeswater, a Griqua settlement in the Western Cape, Wicomb left her rural hometown to study in Cape Town. She later attended the University of the Western Cape, where she also eventually taught and was active in the anti-apartheid movement. Wicomb left for the United Kingdom in 1970 and studied at the University of Reading and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where she has lived since 1994. Wicomb has been Visiting Professor Extraordinaire in the Department of English at the University of Stellenbosch and is Professor Emeritus at the University of ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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