Literary perspective

The short story “City Lovers” by Nadine Gordimer holds postmodern characteristics to some extent. The postmodernist literary movement experienced a rise in the post-World War II era and gained popularity throughout the late twentieth century.

Postmodernist works can be recognised through themes, context, and narrative techniques. In this short story, Nadine Gordimer explores themes that deal with racial conflicts, something which is often encountered in other postmodernist works. Other works by Gordimer also frequently feature issues of race and politics, particularly in South Africa, and also depict stories about troubled love.

The work also relies on earlier literary styles and techniques, following a classic narrative structure with a clear and definite beginning, middle, and ending. It incorporates modernist aspects su...

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