Female Identity in Contemporary Zimbabwean Fiction

Katrin Berndt


Book is not available in Zimbabwe.


Situated at the interface of postcolonial criticism and gender studies, the study offers in-depth analyses of how Zimbabwean writers of the post-independence era combine oral narrative conventions with literary modes and genres of the written British tradition. With a focus on selected novels by Yvonne Vera, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Chenjerai Hove, Vivienne Ndlovu, and Nozipo Maraire.


...it is truly comprehensive in its overview of the primary literature it takes as its object of study, but it also rehearses some of the more common theoretical stances of the field. It rightly pays a great deal of attention to the now-canonical figures of Zimbabwean literature but limits the space given to an examination of the materials that readers are less likely to know about and in which they are much more likely to be interested. - Ann Elizabeth Willey, Research in African Literatures


Dr Katrin Berndt is an Associate Professor in English Literature and Culture at the University of Bremen.