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Dangarembga’s biggest film

For anyone crushing on Tsitsi Dangarembga right now, might I suggest a) reading The Book of Not, the sequel to Nervous Conditions; and b) checking out her most famous film, now available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BufnnzLrIxo

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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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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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