Sign And Taboo

Overview

Yvonne Vera's Nehanda (1993) signaled the presence of new and remarkable writing in Zimbabwe, and her four subsequent novels have confirmed her stature as one of the most important African novelists of the 1990s. Her art is alert to public life; and manifests the decisive moments of Zimbabwe's anticolonial resistance, the growth of the township culture and the competing demands of the city and the rural home. She records public experience through the consciousness of her female characters; but in prose as densely...
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Overview

Yvonne Vera's Nehanda (1993) signaled the presence of new and remarkable writing in Zimbabwe, and her four subsequent novels have confirmed her stature as one of the most important African novelists of the 1990s. Her art is alert to public life; and manifests the decisive moments of Zimbabwe's anticolonial resistance, the growth of the township culture and the competing demands of the city and the rural home. She records public experience through the consciousness of her female characters; but in prose as densely allusive as poetry, does not allow her style to register with a conventional realism, her characters always experiencing more than they understand, and seeing more than they and the reader may recognize. This work brings together critics from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Britain, the Caribbean, and the United States, demonstrating through a diversity of approaches the complex beauty of Vera's work. It shows how Vera expanded the formal possibilities of the African novel by placing the experiences of women at the center of literature, and in so doing, retold and recreated Zimbabwe's history and imaginative life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781779220042
  • Publisher: Weaver Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,110,046
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
About the Contributors
Introduction
Ch. 1 Language, voice and presence in Under the Tongue and Without a Name 3
Ch. 2 'A River in my Mouth': writing the voice in Under the Tongue 15
Ch. 3 The habit of assigning meaning: signs of Yvonne Vera's world 25
Ch. 4 Imaginary snapshots: cinematic techniques in the writing of Yvonne Vera 39
Ch. 5 The voice of cloth: interior dialogues and exterior skins 57
Ch. 6 Language, kwela music and modernity in Butterfly Burning 63
Ch. 7 A woman speaks of rivers: generation and sexuality in Yvonne Vera's novels 83
Ch. 8 Re-membering the body: rape and recovery in Without a Name and Under the Tongue 93
Ch. 9 Iron butterflies: notes on Yvonne Vera's Butterfly Burning 101
Ch. 10 Yvonne Vera's Without a Name: reclaiming that which has been taken 109
Ch. 11 The sight of the dead body: dystopia as resistance in Vera's Without a Name 117
Ch. 12 Spirit possession and the paradox of post-colonial resistance in Yvonne Vera's Nehanda 127
Ch. 13 Re-mapping the colonial space: Yvonne Vera's Nehanda 141
Ch. 14 History, gender and the problem of representation in the novels of Yvonne Vera 155
Ch. 15 A comparative analysis of Solomon Mutswairo's and Yvonne Vera's handling of the legend of Nehanda 179
Ch. 16 Between the pause and the waiting: the struggle against time in Yvonne Vera's Butterfly Burning 191
Ch. 17 History has its celling. The pressures of the past in The Stone Virgins 203
App. 1 Interview with Yvonne Vera 217
Bibliography 227
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