Yvonne Vera

The Voice of Cloth

Jessica Hemmings


  • Kalliope
  • Heidelberg
  • 2008
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 255 pages


Throughout this research, the production and consumption of cloth are understood to represent domestic graphologies, a term coined by Vera in her own Ph.D. work which refers to communication that goes unnoticed by conventional discourse because of the domestic, and therefore seemingly inconsequential, materials appropriated to convey information. Here an often overlooked element of narrative and life – the textile – is shown to play a central role in the articulation of the often silenced experiences of incest, infanticide, abortion, and rape that make up the narratives of her five published novels.


Such a reading as provided in Yvonne Vera: The Voice of Cloth is innovative as it detours from the monotonous methodologies that have characterized the study of Zimbabwean literature thus far. - Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Panorama


Jessica Hemmings writes about textiles. She is Professor of Craft at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.