ENGL 1F97 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions, Antiseptic

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Dangarembga follows fanon as she explores how independence is achieved. How is zimbabwe going to cope with democracy after colonialism and white. And especially, how do they apply to those who haven"t been privileged by the old system: rural african women. The system of exploitation stays in place and only those who control it have changed. Fanon: lack bourgeoisie less experience of governing, therefore potentially even more exploitative than white colonizers. The question becomes, (cid:498)what do we need to do differently? (cid:499) Education as empowering? of this class, does not foster social change. Teaches her the values and codes of elites, makes her potentially a member. Tambu often adopts the strategy of (cid:498)accommodation(cid:499): trying to work within the system. Nyasha: more rebellious, inclined to challenge the system. The novel asks us to look at these two attempts to gain freedom and to think about the implications and consequences of each.

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