Dealing with a troubled rhodesian past: narrative detachment and intimacy in Peter Godwin's Mukiwa (1996)

Tagwirei, Cuthbeth (2015) Dealing with a troubled rhodesian past: narrative detachment and intimacy in Peter Godwin's Mukiwa (1996).

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Abstract

This article argues that one of the challenges white Zimbabwean writers have to deal with in their narratives is a troubled colonial past. In Peter Godwin’s Mukiwa, A White Boy in Africa, there is a plain acknowledgement that Rhodesia had problems of legitimacy, which made the treatment of blacks before and during the war unjustified. Godwin’s rendition of the past is therefore informed by this recognition, compelling the author to employ narrative strategies which make it possible for him to embrace certain aspects of the past while simultaneously distancing himself from others. This analysis of Godwin’s Mukiwa shows how a re-imagined childhood consciousness enables an understanding of the Rhodesian past. Through this narrative strategy, Godwin is supposedly faithful in rendering the past, including its imperfections. Furthermore, the Rhodesian past is depicted as a baneful entity that estranges whites from the Zimbabwean present.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Zimbabwean writers, narrative detachment, intimacy
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > Midlands State University
Depositing User: Mr. Edmore Sibanda
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2017 22:01
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2017 22:01
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/5884

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