Emerging Perspectives on Tsitsi Dangarembga

Negotiating the Postcolonial

Ann Elizabeth Willey & Jeanette Treiber


Book not available in Zimbabwe.


As a dramatist, novelist, short-story writer, filmmaker, essayist and public speaker, Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga has claimed the attention of African Cultural Studies since the first publication of her novel Nervous Conditions, in 1989. As a text that raises crucial questions of how identities are formed in the crucible of African nations in search of independence, Nervous Conditions broaches several of the topics that have come to occupy the forefront of Postcolonial Studies such as colonial education, traditional versus modern or Western modes of living, gender relations, and the role of writing itself.


This collection of essays devoted to Dangarembga reflects the wide variety of readers it has attracted: those interested in questions of gender, nationalism, Postcolonialism, public health, systems of education, African Literature; or more narrowly, readers interested in Zimbabwean Literature and cultural production in neocolonial Africa.


Dr. Ann Elizabeth Willey holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Theory from Northwestern University and is currently an Assistant Professor of English as the University of Louisville.

Dr. Jeanette Treiber holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Davis. She has taught Comparative and African Literature as well as African Studies at UC Davis.