Zimbabwean Transitions

Essays on Zimbabwean Literature in English, Ndebele and Shona

Geoffrey Davis & Mbongeni Z. Malaba


  • Rodopi
  • Leiden
  • 2008
  • English
  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages


This collection of essays on Zimbabwean literature brings together studies of both Rhodesian and Zimbabwean literature, spanning different languages and genres. It charts the at times painful process of the evolution of Rhodesian/ Zimbabwean identities that was shaped by pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial realities. The hybrid nature of the society emerges as different writers endeavour to make sense of their world. Two essays focus on the literature of the white settler.


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Geoffrey V. Davis teaches literature at the University of Aachen. He is co-editor of Matatu and Cross/Cultures. Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures and Cultures in English.

Mbongeni Malaba lectured at the University of Zimbabwe for eighteen and a half years and at the University of Namibia for five and a half years before joining UKZN, in 2009.