A Social History of the Shona Novel

Emmanuel M. Chiwome



Shona literature now comprises 85% of literature published for schools in Zimbabwe, an indication of its significance for the understanding of the philosophical and historical base of (the understanding of) a language, people and nation. Chiwome's book argues that the productivity of Shona fiction is inseparable from the dialects of history; first colonialism, then development, and exposes colonialist notions about Shona cultural values and the implications for reading and writing the literature.


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Professor Emmanuel Chiwome taught in Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Zimbabwe until his death in early 2003.