Buried hurts and colliding dreams in Yvonne Vera's Butterfly Burning

Gagiano A. (2009)


Zimbabwean author Yvonne Vera's Butterfly Burning (1998) depicts an intense and tragically concluded love relationship between a middle-aged colonised male labourer, Fumbatha, and an idealistic and much younger woman, Phephelaphi. The context is the ghetto adjoining the city of Bulawayo in late colonial Southern Rhodesia. The article employs the concepts of genealogies and of transmodernity to delineate Vera's reinscription of colonised African men and women in her illocutionary, densely poetic account of the growth of modernity in Africa, tragic because (despite similar, buried hurts) the protagonists' dreams are at odds.

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