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Title:Literature as a medium for social and political activism: the case of Mashingaidze Gomo's 'A fine madness'
Author:Makombe, Rodwell
Year:2017
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:60
Issue:2
Pages:115-138
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:novels
African identity
postcolonialism
political action
About person:Mashingaidze Gomo (1964-)ISNI
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/asr.2017.51
Abstract:Over the years, literary scholars have engaged in heated debates on the role literary artists should play in society. In the African context, this debate has been championed by scholars such as Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Chinua Achebe, and Okot p' Bitek, among others. The central bone of contention has always been the question of self-narration. How should African writers narrate the African story (-ies) against the backdrop of slavery, colonialism, and neoliberal imperialism? In the context of these debates, this article seeks to read 'A fine madness' by the Zimbabwean writer Mashingaidze Gomo (2010) as a socially and politically engaged text. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]

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