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Protected: Second Draft

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Protected: Intimate Spaces, Queer Bonds, and Selfhood in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s First Draft: Nervous Conditions and The Book of Not

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Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy

Ama Ata Aidoo’s restless, relentless critique of the Western and even of African nations she encounters is replete with a cynicism and a loving desire.  Having read Killjoy now, for the first time, I think I would put it on … Continue reading

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Intimate Spaces, Queer Bonds and the Persistence of Selfhood in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions and The Book of Not

This article reads Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions and The Book of Not through the critical perspectives of queer and postcolonial theories to explore how the “love affair” between Tambudzai and her cousin Nyasha, and the same sex intimacies Tambu experiences … Continue reading

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Implications of Tambu’s and Nyasha’s homosocial bond in Nervous Conditions

Boehmer, Elleke. “Tropes of Yearning and Dissent: The Troping of Desire in Yvone Vera and Tsitsi Dangarembga.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 38.1 (2003): 135-148. Sage Premier All Access. Web. Feb 2016. Of the articles present here, this is the one … Continue reading

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Mouthpieces and African Popular Fiction

After our conversation about which intentional/unintentional roles Nuruddin Farah found himself taking on during his Open Book talk, and keeping in mind the essays, “The African Novel” and “The Extroverted African Novel,” I’m glad to be engaging with a text … Continue reading

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Syllabus Project

African Novel: African Women Writers and the Literature of Exile   Course Description This 600-graduate level course will be guided by the following questions: what are the elements of the hybrid cultures? If decolonization of the mind can be achieved, … Continue reading

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