Mythicised selves: constructions of political self Identities in Nkomo's The Sun) of My Life (1984) and Tekere's 'A Lifetime of Struggle (2007)

Javangwe, Tasiyana D. (2013) Mythicised selves: constructions of political self Identities in Nkomo's The Sun) of My Life (1984) and Tekere's 'A Lifetime of Struggle (2007).

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Official URL: http://hdl.handle.net/11408/1021

Abstract

The concept of "self" is only imaginable through processes of social construction that are ever constituting and re-constituting that self to suit desired images and circumstances. Essentially, therefore, there is never a single, stable self, but selves that complement each other to give one an identity. The capacity for self identity to re-invent itself according to need and circumstance is, however, premised on some historico-cultural relevance that strives towards giving self identity a semblance of stability. In the construction of political identities in life narratives, this paper will argue, myth is the foundational resource upon which significant self identities whose destinies are tied to the national or group fate aspire towards stability. Focussing on Joshua Nkomo's The story of no life (1984) and Edgar Zivanai Tekere's A lifetime of struggle (2007), the paper will argue that more than simply rendering the subjects' exploits in their political carriers, the life narratives present mythicised self identities as a strategy to centrally position the subjects in the liberation discourse in Zimbabwe as well as entrench their legacies. The paper will also argue that the idea of a constant self in itself is ever a myth that is only concretised through performance as the subject seeks to represent the self in certain desired ways

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self identity,Mythicised selves
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > Midlands State University
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 00:01
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 00:01
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/3321

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