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Of dirt, disinfection and purgation : discursive construction of state violence in selected contemporary Zimbabwean literature

dc.contributor.authorNcube, Gibsonen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-13T14:24:57Z
dc.date.available2020-02-13T14:24:57Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationNcube, G. 2018. Of dirt, disinfection and purgation : discursive construction of state violence in selected contemporary Zimbabwean literature. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 55(1):41-53, doi:10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.55i1.1548
dc.identifier.issn2309-9070 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0041-476X (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.55i1.1548
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/107474
dc.descriptionCITATION: Ncube, G. 2018. Of dirt, disinfection and purgation : discursive construction of state violence in selected contemporary Zimbabwean literature. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 55(1):41-53, doi:10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.55i1.1548.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/tvl
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines post-independent Zimbabwean literary narratives which engage with how the ruling ZANU-PF government frames dissenting voices as constituting dirt, filth and undesirability. Making use of Achille Mbembe's postulations on the "vulgarity of power" and Kenneth W. Harrow's readings of the politics of dirt, the central thesis of this paper is that the troping of dirt and state sponsored violence are closely related to the themes of memory and belonging. Literary works by writers such as Chistopher Mlalazi, NoViolet Bulawayo and John Eppel become self-effacing speech acts that are involved in reimagining and revisioning our understanding of power dynamics and how this affects human and social experiences.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://journals.assaf.org.za/index.php/tvl/article/view/1548
dc.format.extent13 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherTydskrif vir Letterkunde Association
dc.subjectDiseaseen_ZA
dc.titleOf dirt, disinfection and purgation : discursive construction of state violence in selected contemporary Zimbabwean literatureen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderTydskrif vir Letterkunde Association


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