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Title:Getting under the skin of power: the novels of Unity Dow
Author:Gagiano, AnnieISNI
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:women writers
About person:Unity DowISNI
Abstract:Unity Dow's is an important new voice from Botswana. This article describes the both aesthetic and social value of her writing, thus far three novels, viz. 'Far and beyon'' (2000), 'The screaming of the innocent' (2001) and 'Juggling truths' (2003). Dow as author holds up a mirror to her own society: simultaneously exposing its wastage of female potential and the harm that both traditional culture and modern State structures allow to be inflicted on women, whilst also showing the contributions women can and do make in drawing on the benign potentialities of their culture and the structures of State accessible to them. Her texts convey the impression of profound loyalty to her country and its people - but it is a love with eyes open to the evils and injustices that tarnish social health and cultural well-being. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]