ENGL 1F97 Lecture Notes - Lecture 19: Mutare, Frantz Fanon, Nervous Conditions

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Epigraph: the condition of a native is a nervous condition (jean-paul a(cid:396)te(cid:449), f(cid:396)o(cid:373) i(cid:374)t(cid:396)o to f(cid:396)a(cid:374)tz fa(cid:374)o(cid:374)(cid:859)s. What do we assume is natural: examination of how stories shape lives, reworking of bildungsroman (or novel of education, coming-of-age tale) Investigation of the politics of colonial space what gets destroyed when colonial powers organize space in a way that european culture is organized. Setting: novel ends in 1980, when rhodesia becomes zimbabwe, a land-locked state in south-central africa. Zimbabwe: governed by variations of one-party state, amidst struggles for greater democracy. Tsitsi dangaremba: writer and dramatist, nervous conditions first novel, pa(cid:396)t of de(cid:448)elopi(cid:374)g t(cid:396)aditio(cid:374) of (cid:449)o(cid:373)e(cid:374)(cid:859)s theat(cid:396)e i(cid:374) )i(cid:373)(cid:271)a(cid:271)(cid:449)e. Debts to franz fanon: epig(cid:396)aph is f(cid:396)o(cid:373) i(cid:374)t(cid:396)o to f(cid:396)a(cid:374)z fa(cid:374)o(cid:374)(cid:859)s the wretched of the earth, which was published the year he died of leukemia at the age of 36. Interested in effects of colonialization on the colonized: not a crude marxism that explains everything directly through economics a subtle materialism.

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