Golden to discuss South African courts in Coe presentation

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2015-10-06 15:15:02 - General

Audrey Golden
Audrey Golden
Assistant Professor of English

Coe Assistant Professor of English Audrey Golden will present an engaging narrative entitled "Nadine Gordimer and the Literary Politics of Post-Apartheid South Africa" in a Coe College presentation. The lecture will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, beginning at 4 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall. It is free and open to the public.

In this lecture, Golden will discuss topics and answer questions including: How do we heal wounds of apartheid in a free South Africa? Can courtrooms and truth commissions provide all the space that's necessary to enable reconciliation?

Nadine Gordimer's first post-apartheid novel, "The House Gun," centers around a crime of passion and the accused being put on trial. Yet the book is not really about trial. Rather, in the text, the courtroom becomes a dynamic space for Gordimer in which she redefines justice as a process of reconciliation rather than retributions. Such an idea is reflected in the efforts of South African Constitutional Court and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Insisting on a direct engagement with legal practice, Gordimer turns the traditionally static language of the law into a reparative narrative that is always immediate and ongoing.

Golden's interests include 20th- and 21st-century British and world Anglophone literature. Her research focuses on human rights, international law and global fiction. She has published essays on restorative justice and trauma in literature, which have appeared in "Law," "Culture and the Humanities," "The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights," and the "Wake Forest Law Review." Golden earned her law degree at Wake Forest University School of Law, and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

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