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Title:New perspectives in African literature: the case of Unity Dow and Alexander McCall Smith's Botswana
Author:Kalua, FetsonISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Volume:24
Issue:1
Pages:71-84
Language:English
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:novels
writers
crime novels
African identity
About persons:Unity DowISNI
R. Alexander MacCall Smith (1948-)ISNI
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17535360712331393486
Abstract:Employing Homi Bhabha's notion of liminality - the idea of 'in-betweenness' - the author shows to which extent Unity Dow's third novel, 'Juggling truths' (2003) and Alexander McCall Smith's 'The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series (2000-2004) - both set in Botswana - offer new perspectives on African identity by reflecting a cross-cultural consciousness. Avoiding Afrocentric and idyllic notions of cultural purity, both writers provide a refreshing vision of Botswana as an emerging postcolonial nation characterized by 'clashing and mingling of cultures under colonialism and mutations of identity'. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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