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Land and Nationalism in Fictions from Southern Africa

by James Graham

Land and Nationalism in Fictions from Southern Africa Synopsis

In this volume, Graham investigates the relation between land and nationalism in South African and Zimbabwean fiction from the 1960s to the present. This comparative study, the first of its kind, discusses a wide range of writing against a backdrop of regional decolonization, including novels by the prize-winning authors J.M Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Chenjerai Hove, and Yvonne Vera. By employing a range of critical perspectives-cultural materialist, feminist and ecocritical-this book offers new ways of thinking about the relationship between literature, politics and the environment in Southern Africa. The return of land has been central to the material and cultural struggles for decolonization in Southern Africa, yet between the advent of democracy in Zimbabwe (1980) and South Africa (1994) and Zimbabwe's decision to fast-track land redistribution in 2000, it has been limited land reform rather than widespread land redistribution that has prevailed. During this period nationalist discourses of reconciliation and economic development replaced those of revolution and decolonization. This book develops a critique of both forms of nationalistic narrative by focusing on how different and often opposing idea of land and nation are reflected, refracted and even refused in the fictions.

Land and Nationalism in Fictions from Southern Africa Press Reviews

A compelling comparative study of nationalism which goes beyond our conventional understanding of it as a derivative discourse...one of the first to draw attention to the themes common to Zimbabwe and South Africa. -James Ogude, Wits University, Scrutiny2 Elegantly composed and theoretically sound...The key strength of Land and Nationalism in Fictions from Southern Africa is its nonhierarchical comparativism: that the volume is not South Africa-centred is an achievement in itself; furthermore, the cross-border, cross-historical compositional alternation enables innovative readings of both contexts. -Ranka Primorac, University of Southampton, Journal of Southern Africa Studies

Book Information

ISBN: 9780415995818
Publication date: 15th April 2009
Author: James Graham
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 204 pages
Categories: Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers,

About James Graham

James Graham is a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University.

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