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Tales of the nation: feminist nationalism or patriotic history?
The Nordic Africa Institute.
2004 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In light of the uses and misuses of history in Zimbabwean politics in recent years, this research report focuses on how versions of the country’s liberation war history have become a site of struggle over the definition of Zimbabwean national identity. As identity politics’often do, Zimbabwean nationalism draws on a wide field of cultural symbols of identity and political discourses of inclusion and exclusion. Therefore, the report takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the issue of national identity by mapping out the imaginary field of Zimbabwean nationalism. This approach opens up the possibility of cross-reading the political discourses of the President and the ruling party ZANU (PF) with opposing voices such as those in the works of the author Yvonne Vera. This cross-reading shows how Vera's novels and the political discourses participate in the struggle over Zimbabwean national identity by offering different versions of the nation’s history in the form of patriotic history, feminist nationalism, or narratives of difference. In this way the research report adds to our understanding of power and resistance in Zimbabwean politics of national identity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2004. , 118 p.
Series
Research report, ISSN 1104-8425 ; 132
Keyword [en]
Zimbabwe, feminism, nationalism, identity, literature, Yvonne Vera, history, Matabeleland
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-99ISBN: 91-7106-539-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-99DiVA: diva2:240464
Note
CONTENT -- FIELD OF INTEREST -- Problem definition -- Method -- YVONNE VERA -- A feminist writer -- A writer of history -- A Zimbabwean writer -- Summing up -- DISCOURSES OF NATIONAL HISTORY -- Analytical framework -- A discourse of spiritual history -- Rhodesian settler discourses -- Zimbabwean nationalist discourses -- Summing up -- NATIONALISM AND AFRICANISM -- Analytical framework -- Patriotic history -- Discussion -- MATABELELAND AND NATIONAL UNITY -- Analytical framework -- Ugly history -- Rape: A perversion of dialogue -- The spirit of national history -- DiscussionAvailable from: 2009-09-28 Created: 2009-09-22 Last updated: 2009-10-08Bibliographically approved

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