Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Muponde, Robert. Some Kinds of Childhood: Images of History and Resistance in Zimbabwean Literature

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Muponde, Robert. Some Kinds of Childhood: Images of History and Resistance in Zimbabwean Literature

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Muponde, Robert. Some Kinds of Childhood: Images of History and Resistance in Zimbabwean Literature. Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2015, pp.196, ISBN: 1592219969.

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This book explores how childhood is constructed and represented in a wide range of Zimbabwean novels and short stories written in English from 1972 to 2013. In particular, it considers how representations of childhood bear upon questions of history, politics and resistance. By drawing on a range of global theories on childhood, the argument is advanced that, instead of merely seeing childhood in romantic or idyllic terms, it is possible to appreciate it as a contested terrain, one in which the larger tensions and conflicts of the society manifest themselves. Childhood is accorded by Zimbabwean writers represented in this book as a central role in social, political, and cultural concerns by being depicted not only as a matter of focalization and characterization, but as a tool for the construction of a wide range of culturally and historically specific c sets of ideas and philosophies. …

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