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Greek, Anna
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Greek, A. (2017). Asymmetrical Voices: A Concurrent Reading of Tsitsi Dangarembga’s The Book of Not and Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight. In: Diana Brydon, Peter Forsgren, Gunlög Fur (Ed.), Concurrent Imaginaries, Postcolonial Worlds: Toward Revised Histories (pp. 227-243). Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Asymmetrical Voices: A Concurrent Reading of Tsitsi Dangarembga’s The Book of Not and Alexandra Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
2017 (English)In: Concurrent Imaginaries, Postcolonial Worlds: Toward Revised Histories / [ed] Diana Brydon, Peter Forsgren, Gunlög Fur, Brill Academic Publishers, 2017, p. 227-243Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter is a concurrent reading of two coming-of-age narratives with a view to exploring the effects of the differences in the narrators' positions on their similar life-stories. It focuses two texts from 21st century Zimbabwe, Tsitsi Dangarembga's The Book of Not and Alexandra Fuller's Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. There are many similarities between the texts but also crucial differences in perspective: while the narrators have many points in common, they represent opposing sides in a racialised conflict of interest. Furthermore, The Book of Not is a work of fiction and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight is autobiographical.

Both texts are set in the late 1970's and early 1980's in the area around Umtali/Mutare in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, and both thematise the period of transition from racist Rhodesia to majority-rule Zimbabwe, the war for independence and its impact on the narrators, their families and their schoolmates. Also, both texts are first-person narratives told by teenage girls who are caught up in the process of becoming young women. However, Dangarembga's narrator is a black village girl who has gained a place in a prestigious white school, and Fuller's narrator is a white petty farmer's daughter.

This reading observes that the positions from which the narrators voice  - or refrain from voicing, or are deprived of the possibility to voice - their claims to individuality, to recognition and to social and cultural belonging, are crucially different. Thus, juxtaposing the two texts and their different perspectives draws attention to issues of discursive power and claims to authenticity, attempting to tease out some of the mechanisms that construct certain voices as worth listening to and particular stories as true.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brill Academic Publishers, 2017
Series
Cross/Cultures, ISSN 0924-1426 ; 200
Keywords
Concurrent, voice, similar, different, Zimbabwe, Dangarembga, Fuller
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, Comparative literature; Humanities, English literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-65614 (URN)10.1163/9789004347601_012 (DOI)9789004347045 (ISBN)9789004347601 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-06-20 Created: 2017-06-20 Last updated: 2019-06-25Bibliographically approved
Greek, A. (2010). Conditions of Not: Articulations of transition in Tsitsi Dangarembga's The Book of Not. Paper presented at Nordic Africa days 2010.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conditions of Not: Articulations of transition in Tsitsi Dangarembga's The Book of Not
2010 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Conditions of Not: articulations of transition in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s The Book of Not

Abstract: This paper focuses the effects on the identity of an individual character who is caught in the crossfire between conflicting cultural and political identities. In her novel of 2006 The Book of Not, the Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga articulates this problem area through the representation of the main character Tambu.

Drawing on postcolonial theory, cultural studies and psychoanalytic-linguistic theory, the paper addresses Tambu’s first-person narrative of the political transition from apartheid Rhodesia to majority-rule Zimbabwe as well as her own transition from the identity of a culturally displaced village girl in a war zone to that of a struggling young city professional in the supposedly non-racist Zimbabwe.  In tracing the trajectory of Tambu’s development the paper discusses the contact zones of the village, a secondary school, a city office and a residential hostel. These transitional processes are, for the main character, fraught with loss of meaning and an increasingly fragmented sense of cultural and personal identity.

Insofar as modernity includes the transition from tradition-based clan societies to individualist city life and the fragmentation of the idea of unified self-identity, Dangarembga’s novel is one of many contemporary African articulations of global modernity.

 

Keywords
identity, articulation, fragmentation, race, loss, meaning, culture, contact zone, transition, Rhodesia, Zimbabwe
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
Humanities, English literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-10406 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Africa days 2010
Projects
Concurrences
Available from: 2011-01-28 Created: 2011-01-28 Last updated: 2011-03-02Bibliographically approved
Greek, A. (2008). England - Jamaica tur och retur: En läsning av Andread Levys roman Fruit of the Lemon. In: Prof Mats Larsson (Ed.), Uppbrott: Brytpunkter och övergångar i tid och rum (pp. 23-31). Högskolan i Kalmar
Open this publication in new window or tab >>England - Jamaica tur och retur: En läsning av Andread Levys roman Fruit of the Lemon
2008 (Swedish)In: Uppbrott: Brytpunkter och övergångar i tid och rum / [ed] Prof Mats Larsson, Högskolan i Kalmar , 2008, p. 23-31Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högskolan i Kalmar, 2008
Series
Kalmar Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, ISSN 1653-784 ; 2
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-9513 (URN)
Available from: 2010-11-29 Created: 2010-11-29 Last updated: 2012-01-03Bibliographically approved
Greek, A. (2008). Reading Cultural Encounter. Literary Text and Intercultural Pedagogy. (Doctoral dissertation). Gothenburg, Sweden: University of Gothenburg, The English Department
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reading Cultural Encounter. Literary Text and Intercultural Pedagogy
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Gothenburg, Sweden: University of Gothenburg, The English Department, 2008
Research subject
Humanities, English literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-3073 (URN)
Public defence
(English)
Supervisors
Note
Nummer: Available from: 2009-05-28 Created: 2010-04-23 Last updated: 2010-11-25
Greek, A. (1997). Framing Narratives in Absalom, Absalom. In: Göteborg University - NAAS proceedings.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Framing Narratives in Absalom, Absalom
1997 (English)In: Göteborg University - NAAS proceedings, 1997Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Research subject
Humanities, English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-4483 (URN)
Note
Nummer: Available from: 2010-04-27 Created: 2010-04-27 Last updated: 2011-09-19Bibliographically approved
Greek, A. (1996). Robinson Crusoe - Translator and Appropriator. In: University of Western Cape - AUETSA Proceedings 1.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Robinson Crusoe - Translator and Appropriator
1996 (English)In: University of Western Cape - AUETSA Proceedings 1, 1996Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Research subject
Humanities, English
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-5256 (URN)
Note
Nummer: Available from: 2010-04-29 Created: 2010-04-29 Last updated: 2011-09-16Bibliographically approved
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