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Gender studies in Zimbabwe have tended to focus on women and their comparative disadvantages and under-privilege. Assuming a broader perspective is necessary at a time when society has grown used to arguments rooted in binaries: colonised and coloniser, race and class, sex and gender, poverty and wealth, patriotism and terrorism, etc. The editors of Manning the Nation recognise that concepts of manhood can be used to repress or liberate, and will depend on historical and political imperatives; they seek to introduce a more nuanced perspective to the interconnectivity of patriarchy, masculinity, the nation, and its image. The essays in this volume come from well-respected academics working in a variety of fields. The ideals and concepts of manhood are examined as they are reflected in important Zimbabwean literary texts. However, if literature provides a rich vein for the analysis of masculinities, what makes this collection so interesting is the interplay of literary analysis with chapters that provide a critical examination of the ways in which ideals of manhood have been employed in, for example, leadership and the nation, as a justification for violent engagement, in the field of AIDS and HIV, etc. Manning the Nation: Father figures in Zimbabwean literature and society sets the stage for a fresh and engaging discourse essential at a time when new paradigms are needed.

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  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction - Manning the Nation
  2. pp. xv-xxiv
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  1. I - 'Why don't you tell the children a story?': Father figures in three Zimbabwean short stories
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2 - Killing fathers
  2. pp. 17-30
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  1. 3 - Of fathers and ancestors in Charles Mungoshi's
  2. pp. 31-45
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  1. 4 - 'Sins of the Fathers': Revealing family secrets in Mungoshi's later fiction
  2. pp. 46-57
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  1. 5 - The strong healthy man: AIDS and self-delusion
  2. pp. 58-72
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  1. 6 - Fatherhood and nationhood: Joshua Nkomo and the re-imagination of the Zimbabwe nation
  2. pp. 73-87
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  1. 7 - Mai Mujuru: father of the nation?
  2. pp. 88-101
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  1. 8 - Masculinities, race and violence in the making of Zimbabwe
  2. pp. 102-114
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  1. 9 - It couldn't be anything innocent: Negotiating gender in patriarchal-racial spaces
  2. pp. 115-126
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  1. 10 - 'Boys': Performing manhood in Zimbabwean drama
  2. pp. 127-141
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  1. 11 - 'A man can try': Negotiating manhoods in colonial urban spaces in Dambudzo Marechera's
  2. pp. 142-155
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  1. 12 - The nature of fatherhood and manhood in Zimbabwean texts of pre-colonial and colonial settings
  2. pp. 156-169
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  1. 13 - Intricate space: The father-daughter relationship in Zimbabwean literature and culture
  2. pp. 170-182
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 183-200
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781779221315
Related ISBN
9781779220691
MARC Record
OCLC
646849287
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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