Life Writing from the Margins in Zimbabwe

Versions and Subversions of Crisis

Oliver Nyambi



The book explores the contributions of various forms of post-2000 life-writings such as the autobiography, epistles and biographies to discourses about the nature, dimensions and dynamics of what has become known as the Zimbabwean crisis (c. 2000 -2009) – a decade-long period of unprecedented economic collapse and political upheavals. The author prioritizes experience and the memory of experience in ways of pluralizing modes of seeing and knowing the Zimbabwean crisis, charting a paradigm shift in epistemological approaches to comprehending the Zimbabwean crisis.


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Oliver Nyambi received his Phd from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He teaches at Great Zimbabwe University.