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Interpreting redness: a literary biography of Zakes Mda

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dc.contributor.advisor Holloway, M.K. en Steele, Dorothy Winifred en 2009-08-25T10:56:07Z 2009-08-25T10:56:07Z 2009-08-25T10:56:07Z 2007-11-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Steele, Dorothy Winifred (2009) Interpreting redness: a literary biography of Zakes Mda, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study of Zakes Mda's life and sixteen of his plays and seven novels, written from 1966 to the present day, set in South Africa, Lesotho and the United States of America, shows how his life and works interweave, and how his defamiliarisation mode, his magic realism and his juxtaposed timeframes stimulate reader response and self-realisation, bringing about change. Experiences of marginalisation due to early childhood sexual abuse, exile, and being banished from church, and his involvement in political movements outside the mainstream, have caused him to be an astute observer of life. He is sceptical of authority and power, and is as critical of those who seek power, becoming intoxicated thereby, as of those who give away their power and so perpetuate unacceptable institutions and their own victimisation. At all times though, his writing style is creative and entertaining, rooted in the African oral tradition from which he springs, but also portraying international influences to which he has been exposed over the years. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vi, 343 leaves.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject.ddc 823.914
dc.subject.lcsh African drama (English)
dc.subject.lcsh Biographers -- Fiction
dc.subject.lcsh Biography as a literary form -- Fiction
dc.subject.lcsh Blacks -- Africa, Southern -- Drama
dc.subject.lcsh South African literature (English) -- History and criticism
dc.title Interpreting redness: a literary biography of Zakes Mda en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department English Studies en M.A. (English) en

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