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Title:Light on shades: complex constructions of identity in the poetry of Chris Mann
Author:Brown, MollyISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:The English Academy Review (ISSN 1753-5360)
Volume:28
Issue:1
Pages:64-72
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:poetry
English language
Zulu
identity
About person:Chris Zithulele Mann (1948-)ISNI
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10131752.2011.574004
Abstract:Chris Mann openly acknowledges the importance for his writing of the Zulu concept of the shades. This article examines his use of this key aspect of Zulu spirituality and argues that its presence in his poetry allows him to affirm a consciously-created African identity. By doing this, it suggests that Mann both subverts the rigidly physical categorizations of racial politics and creates a third space in which he places himself at once between and beside 'the assumed 'polarities' of conflict' (Homi K. Bhabha, 1999, interview with Christian Hoeller). Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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