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‘Africa has erred in its memory’: Exploring continuities and discontinuities in texts by Petina Gappah and Yvonne Vera

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dc.contributor.author Murray, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-27T08:54:35Z
dc.date.available 2012-01-27T08:54:35Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Murray, Jessica. (2011) “Africa has erred ‘in its memory’: Exploring continuities and discontinuities in texts by Petina Gappah and Yvonne Vera” in English Studies in Africa 54 (2). pp. 154-170. en
dc.identifier.issn 1943-8117
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5270
dc.description.abstract In the short story collection Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals (1992) the Zimbabwean author Yvonne Vera initiates her construction of alternative historical narratives, particularly ones that are able to voice women’s experiences. Her project of fostering an alternative engagement with Zimbabwean history locates her in a group of writers that have moved away from simple adherence to historical narratives. The importance of addressing the elision of women from history becomes all the more apparent when one considers that the silencing of their voices and the construction of identity has been twofold: identity was shaped by both the imperial discourse of the coloniser and by the patriarchal discourse of men. While women have certainly negotiated these pressures in myriad ways, imperial and patriarchal discourses have established the frameworks within which they were able to construct their identities. The need to create texts that will mirror the experiences of the female subject from their own perspectives is thus an important feminist and post-colonial project. While academic discussions of Vera’s texts have often compared and contrasted her work with male Zimbabwean authors, no work has focussed on analysing her together with one of the most prominent female authors to have emerged from Zimbabwe since Vera herself. This article focuses on Vera’s work and Petina Gappah’s short story collection An Elegy for Easterly (2009) to explore the concerns that these two Zimbabwean authors address in their fiction. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.subject Yvonne Vera, Petina Gappah, gender, Zimbabwe, history, nationalism, land, violence, rape, HIV/AIDS en
dc.title ‘Africa has erred in its memory’: Exploring continuities and discontinuities in texts by Petina Gappah and Yvonne Vera en
dc.type Article en


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