Tag Archives: Nervous Conditions

metonym vs. metaphor.

Boehmer notes that the male role in the nationalist scenario is typically “metonimic”; that is, men are contiguous with each other and with the national whole. Women, by contrast, “appear in metaphoric or symbolic role”. (p.354-55) this fact, if we … Continue reading

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Family, Power, and Laughter in Nervous Conditions

Anne McClintock’s reading of the paternalistic structure inherent in colonialism has clear resonance for Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions. In “No Longer in a Future Heaven: Nationalism, Gender, and Race,” McClintock argues that the dominant metaphor for colonialism tends to be family … Continue reading

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Feminist Killjoys 101

An essay-length version of Ch. 2 of Ahmed’s The Promise of Happiness.  Alex mentioned to me after class that her more recent Cultural Politics of Emotion might be even more on target for a reading of Nervous Conditions informed by … Continue reading

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Resistance and Narrative Rupture in Nervous Conditions

This week in another class of mine, Bajo’s Theory of Prose, we read an article by Rachel Blau DuPlessis called “Breaking the Sentence; Breaking the Sequence”, which (I believe) comes from her book Writing Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of … Continue reading

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‘Englishness’ in Nervous Conditions

Englishness, which, in different contexts could be termed Frenchness of Spanishness or other, is a more or less permanently acquired feature by voluntary or coerced exposure of the native to the culture, ideas and language of the colonizer, generally with … Continue reading

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