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Title:Portrait of courage: women and survival in Tagwira's 'The uncertainty of hope'
Author:Chitando, AnnaISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Volume:4
Issue:1
Pages:216-224
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:women writers
novels
gender relations
women
empowerment
About person:Valerie TagwiraISNI
Abstract:Between 1998 and 2008 Zimbabweans were confronted with hyperinflation, unemployment, food shortages, violence and high death rates. This brought about various survival strategies. Some went into exile, whereas others sought to create coping mechanisms within Zimbabwe. This article focuses on how one particular Zimbabwean female creative writer, Tagwira, employed her creative imagination to challenge the status quo. In 'The uncertainty of hope' (2006), she represents her female characters in an empowering way. She shows how they seek to overcome major challenges to ensure that their families survive the challenges. Bibiogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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