Author Archives: Lily Howard-Hill

Protected: Final Paper

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Protected: He Carried The Bible: Christianity As Disease in Petals of Blood

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Exile in Our Sister Killjoy

All of our readings this week have addressed travel in some way, be it Sissie’s journey to Europe, or the notion of exile presented in both Wilentz and Sterling. Wilentz explores Our Sister Killjoy as a rebuttal of exile as … Continue reading

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Metaphor and Christianity in Petals of Blood

From close reading larger literary texts, it is possible to juxtapose metaphor and allegory with textual evidence, using that evidence as a springboard to further investigate possible meanings and interpretations. Religion has been used as a key theme in many … Continue reading

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Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography: Religion and culture in the African literary narrative Many African novels that have emerged from the colonial and post-colonial canon have featured religion as both part of the plot, and as a device for theoretical critique. The work … Continue reading

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Ndebele’s Symbolism

Ndebele writes that “the visible symbols of the overwhelmingly oppressive South African social formation appear to have prompted over the years the development of a highly dramatic, highly demonstrative form of literary representation.” (143) He goes on to discuss the … Continue reading

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Time in Disgrace

In his article, Derek Attridge touches on the ideas of time-passing, histories, and reminiscence that can be seen in Disgrace. He questions why, after the election of Nelson Mandela, Coetzee did not write something more uplifting or optimistic? (Attridge, 99) … Continue reading

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