Go to AfricaBib home

Go to AfricaBib home AfricaBib Go to database home

bibliographic database

Line
Previous page New search

The free AfricaBib App for Android is available here

Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Zakes Mda: shifting female identities in 'The heart of redness'
Authors:Cloete, Nettie
Madadzhe, Richard Ndwayamato
Year:2007
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Volume:24
Issue:1
Pages:37-50
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:novels
women
identity
About person:Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda (1948-)ISNI
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17535360712331393459
Abstract:This article examines the increasingly important roles assigned to female characters in Zakes Mda's postapartheid fiction. This is done against the background of a new trend in South African fiction where previously disadvantaged and silenced groups, especially women, have begun to articulate their problems and to assert themselves. Mda empowers his female characters to reveal themselves and their plight. The article focuses on the role of the present-day female characters in Mda's third novel, 'The heart of redness' (2000). In addition, the article illustrates how Mda's writing probes the myth of a utopian South Africa after the attainment of democracy, by using various artistic and aesthetic devices to reveal a myriad of seemingly insoluble problems facing the young democracy. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
Views

Cover