The Pains of Colonialism Examining Tsitsi Dangarembga’s novella Nervous Conditions (1988)

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Walia Saloni http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0958-5730

Abstract

The condition of a native is a nervous condition.


            (From the introduction to Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth)


 


Tsitsi Dangarembga is an African novelist and filmmaker from Zimbabwe. Nervous Conditions (1988) was her first novella after her 1987 play She No Longer Weeps. Her works usually have a feminist purview. However, the particular work would be scrutinized from a colonial lens.


            As a student of comparative literature, I found this text worthy of study. It gave me an insight into a completely different culture from mine. Africa and India share many similarities in relation to tribal culture, orature and community-based living. Also, since we both were co-sufferers in our shared struggle against colonialism, therefore this piece was found apt to be taken up. It is a quest to find out how their colonial experience differed from ours by deeply analyzing the text. The stance taken would be of the twenty-first century post-colonial Indian student.


DOI: 10.5958/2347-6869.2018.00001.8


 

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Saloni, W. (2018). The Pains of Colonialism. S O C R A T E S, 6(1), 1-11. Retrieved from https://socratesjournal.com/index.php/SOCRATES/article/view/306
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Postcolonialism
Author Biography

Walia Saloni, MPhil student in Comparative Indian Literature, Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, Delhi University, New Delhi, India

MPhil student in Comparative Indian Literature, Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, Delhi University, New Delhi, India

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