The Art of Survival

Depictions of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwean in Crisis

Angeline M. Madongonda, Anna Chitando & Joseph Chikowero

 

Synopsis

The Art of Survival: Depictions of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwean in Crisis offers a fresh, interdisciplinary examination of a period against which development in Zimbabwe is often measured, one epitomized by the severe shortages and runaway inflation of 2008. While journalistic stories of the 1998-2008 era often privilege the reductive stories of woe, defeat and crushed hopes, this volume explores how survival was still possible in those circumstances. The book offers insights into how ordinary Zimbabweans battled the odds by making startling innovations in language use to legitimize new survival strategies.

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Authors

Angeline M. Madongonda holds an MA in English, and is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Literature of the Faculty of Arts and Education at the Zimbabwe Open University.

Dr Anna Chitando is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Literature in the Faculty of Arts and Education at the Zimbabwe Open University.

Joseph Chikowero is a doctoral student in African Literature and Film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.