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Negotiating Social Change in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions

Show simple item record Odoi, D.A. Rafapa, Lesibana Klu, E.K. 2014-04-01T13:55:00Z 2014-04-01T13:55:00Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Odoi, D. A., Lesibana Rafapa, and E. K. Klu. 2014. "Negotiating Social Change in Tsitsi Dangerembga's Nervous Conditions." Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi/Journal Of Social Sciences 38, no. 2: 151-158. en
dc.identifier.issn 0971-8923
dc.description.abstract Black African women writers have been publishing for well over five decades. They have, through their works, attempted to lend agency to hitherto objectified female characters within male dominated literary discourse. In spite of this laudable contribution, their works have received little critical attention from both sides of gender. Likewise, Tsitsi Dangarembga has not received enough critical attention, despite her making a distinct and worthy contribution towards an unbiased depiction of the plight of women on the African literary scene. This paper traces how Dangarembga’s novel Nervous Conditions takes such a cause further by essentially interrogating the concept of agency manifested in choice, together with its attendant social reconfigurations. The means by which Dangarembga’s outstanding literary innovation is demonstrated is the investigation of the characters Lucia and Nyasha within the framework of the misrepresentation of Black African women in the fiction of Black Africans writing in English. It will be investigated how the choices of women characters affect the lives of other women characters in the novel in a manner that enriches the discourse of social change/transformation. Thus Lucia and Nyasha show that women can stand up for themselves and become liberated in a male dominated society. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Kamla-Raj Enterprises en
dc.subject social change en
dc.subject Tsitsi Dangarembga en
dc.subject Nervous Conditions en
dc.subject agency en
dc.subject Black African women en
dc.title Negotiating Social Change in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department English Studies en

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