The Notion of Unhomeliness in the Pickup: Homi Bhabha Revisited

Ali Akbar Moghaddasi Rostami, Farid Parvaneh


This study centers on two characters in Nadine Gordimer’s novel The Pickup: Abdu and Julie. Abdu is an illegal immigrant in South Africa and is deported from there to his homeland. Julie who is white woman from a high social class in South Africa meets and falls in love with Abdu and moves to Abdu’s unknown Islamic country. She finds her lost identity in Abdu’s homeland and stays in his country and tries to adapt herself to Islamic laws and traditions, while Abdu feels unhomely in his own homeland and tries to move to the United State. The research sought to analyze these two wandering characters through the notions of unhomeliness, and in-between space. Identity of the two characters was not determined by the country.

Keywords: Post-colonial literature, Bhabha, Unhomeliness, Gordimer, Identity

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