SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.55 número1Revisiting trauma and homo religiosus in selected texts by Mongo Beti and Veronique TadjoThe writing of Arthur Fula: Modernity, language, place and religion índice de autoresíndice de assuntospesquisa de artigos
Home Pagelista alfabética de periódicos  

Serviços Personalizados

Artigo

Indicadores

Links relacionados

  • Em processo de indexaçãoCitado por Google
  • Em processo de indexaçãoSimilares em Google

Compartilhar


Tydskrif vir Letterkunde

versão On-line ISSN 2309-9070
versão impressa ISSN 0041-476X

Resumo

NCUBE, Gibson. Of dirt, disinfection and purgation: Discursive construction of state violence in selected contemporary Zimbabwean literature. Tydskr. letterkd. [online]. 2018, vol.55, n.1, pp.41-53. ISSN 2309-9070.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.55i1.1548.

This paper examines post-independent Zimbabwean literary narratives which engage with how the ruling ZANU-PF government frames dissenting voices as constituting dirt, filth and undesirability. Making use of Achille Mbembe's postulations on the "vulgarity of power" and Kenneth W. Harrow's readings of the politics of dirt, the central thesis of this paper is that the troping of dirt and state sponsored violence are closely related to the themes of memory and belonging. Literary works by writers such as Chistopher Mlalazi, NoViolet Bulawayo and John Eppel become self-effacing speech acts that are involved in reimagining and revisioning our understanding of power dynamics and how this affects human and social experiences.

Palavras-chave : discursive construction; dissenting voices; filth and disease; Gukurahundi massacres; state violence; Operation Murambatsvina; politics of dirt; power; memory and belonging; nationalism; Zimbabwean literature.

        · texto em Inglês     · Inglês ( pdf )

 

Creative Commons License Todo o conteúdo deste periódico, exceto onde está identificado, está licenciado sob uma Licença Creative Commons