Strategies of Representation in Auto/biography

Reconstructing and Remembering

Editors: Hove, M., Masemola, Kgomotso (Eds.)

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Strategies of Representation in Auto/biography investigates how selves are represented and reconstructed in selected auto/biographical readings from African literary discourse. It examines how such representations confirm, validate, interrogate and pervade conversations with issues of identity, nation and history. In addition to providing an overview of the multidimensionality of auto/biography, the book also introduces readers to various ways of reading and analysing auto/biographical writings and develops specific perspectives on the genre and views inherently expressed through the re-imagined, re-membered and re-constructed self that speaks through the pages of autobiographical scripting. The focus on auto/biographical writings from southern Africa, specifically South Africa and Zimbabwe, offers a fresh reading of the work of significant figures in the political, economic and sociological spheres of these nation states. This collection shows that auto/biography may be more than simply the representation of an individual life, and that the socio-cultural memory of a people is a core aspect influencing individual self-representation.

About the authors

Maurice Taonezvi Vambe, University of South Africa Tasiyana D. Javangwe, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe Nonhlanhla Dhlamini, University of Swaziland Arthur P.T. Makanda, Assistant Commissioner in the Zimbabwe Republic Police Murenga Joseph Chikowero, University of Wisconsin, USA Anna Chitando, Zimbabwe Open University Charles Pfukwa, Midlands State University, Zimbabwe

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"The contributors all are from southern Africa ably deploy both autobiographical and postcolonial theory in their analyses. Most also include sufficient political/sociological context to enable readers unfamiliar with this history to grasp the key critiques." - CHOICE


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Hove, Muchativugwa (et al.)

    Pages 1-3

  • Fictions of Autobiographical Representations: Joshua Nkomo’s The Story of My Life

    Vambe, Maurice Taonezvi

    Pages 4-23

  • Memory, Gender and Narration: Reconstruction of Subjectivity in Makeba’s My Story and Masekela’s Still Grazing

    Dhlamini, Nonhlanhla

    Pages 24-35

  • Imagining the Nation: Autobiography, Memoir, History or Fiction in Peter Godwin’s Writings

    Hove, Muchativugwa Liberty

    Pages 36-59

  • Denomi/Nation: Envisioning Possibilities of Reconstructing an Alternative Zimbabwe in Muzorewa’s Rise Up and Walk

    Javangwe, Tasiyana D.

    Pages 60-77

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Strategies of Representation in Auto/biography
Book Subtitle
Reconstructing and Remembering
Editors
  • M. Hove
  • Kgomotso Masemola
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-34033-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137340337
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34032-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46482-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 186
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