Mothers, madonnas and musicians: A writing of Africa's women as symbols and agents of change in the novels of Zakes Mda

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dc.contributor.author Mazibuko, Nokuthula
dc.date.accessioned 2008-03-31T09:11:00Z
dc.date.available 2008-03-31T09:11:00Z
dc.date.issued 2008-03-31T09:11:00Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/4725
dc.description.abstract Abstract My dissertation interrogates the ways in which Zakes Mda has made women central to his novels. I argue that the women characters in Mda's novels are key to the idea of the rebirth of Africa (and the simultaneous birth of a (South) African identity) a rebirth made necessary by years of dispossession through colonialism and apartheid. I will explore how on one level Mda, through magical realism, represents women as symbols of both destruction and construction; and how on another level he represents them as complex characters existing as agents of history. Mda’s novels: Ways of Dying (1995), She Plays With the Darkness (1995), The Heart of Redness (2000) and The Madonna of Excelsior (2002) critique the topdown approach of the postapartheid, postcolonial discourse of African Renaissance a discourse which aims to reverse the damage done to the lives of Africans who have been brutalised by history. Mda writes an African renaissance (with a lower case “r”), which acknowledges and explores the ways in which people on the margins of power, recreate and transform their lives, without necessarily waiting for politicians to come up with policies and solutions. The renaissance of ordinary people privileges the spirit of ubuntu, whereby the individual strives to work with the collective to achieve a more humane world. Mda’s female characters are central to the debate on renaissance and reconstruction in that he questions existing gender roles by ii highlighting strongly the rights still denied African women his challenge to the discourse is whether a renaissance is possible if the humanity of women (and others marginalised by class, age, location, ethnicity, and other categories) continues to be denied. I ask the question whether Mda, goes further, and envisions women participating as leaders in traditionally male spaces. en
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dc.language.iso es en
dc.subject Mda en
dc.subject South African literature en
dc.subject feminism en
dc.title Mothers, madonnas and musicians: A writing of Africa's women as symbols and agents of change in the novels of Zakes Mda en
dc.type Thesis en


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