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Title:Fiction and history: Unity Dow's 'Juggling truths' and Tsitsi Dangaremgba's 'Nervous conditions'
Author:Lenta, MargaretISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Volume:22
Pages:43-54
Language:English
Geographic terms:Botswana
Zimbabwe
Subjects:novels
women writers
women
decolonization
About persons:Unity DowISNI
Tsitsi Dangarembga (1959-)ISNI
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10131750485310061
Abstract:Although 15 years separate the publication of Tsitsi Dangaremgba's 'Nervous conditions' (London, 1988) and Unity Dow's 'Juggling truths' (Melbourne, 2003), the novels invite comparison because both are set in southern African States (Zimbabwe and Botswana, respectively) immediately before independence, in the 1960s and 1970s. Both novels are female 'bildungsromans', in which the protagonists are southern African black women. Both novelists deal with an aspect of the decolonizing process which they feel has been neglected, and a part of the community which has been and still is denied the transformation which decolonization had seemed to promise. Themes touched upon in the novels include sexism and patriarchy, gender inequality, education and society. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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