Positioning the Reader in Post-Apartheid Literature of Trauma: I and You in Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story

  • Andrea Macrae


This chapter investigates pronoun use in Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story (2001). The narrator is the amanuensis of David, emerging from his role as a guerrilla anti-apartheid fighter, searching for his identity and place in the new South Africa. Tasked with writing David’s story, the narrator finds, submerged within his narrative, the story of Dulcie, a female fellow Griqua guerrilla fighter. Dulcie, however, is missing, a gap in the narrative, silenced and erased by David and absent from history. The novel traces the ethics and politics of the narrator’s use of ‘I’ and ‘you’ in her attempts to recuperate David’s story and within it Dulcie’s voice and place in the narratives at play.


Apartheid First-person narration Historiography New South Africa Post-apartheid Postcolonial fiction Second-person address Zoë Wicomb 


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  • Andrea Macrae
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  1. 1.Department of English Literature and Modern LanguagesOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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