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dc.contributor.author Chigwedere, Yuleth
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-15T07:44:44Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-15T07:44:44Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Chigwedere, Y. (2016). Being and Nothingness: Trauma, loss and alienation in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s The Book of Not. Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, 5(2), 169-183. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2026-7215
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/1895
dc.description.abstract In this article, I reveal how Dangarembga’s narrative echoes Fanon’s “black skin, white masks” psy-chology. The protagonist’s internalisation of a Eurocentric view of her race and culture culminates in a profound belief in her own inferiority and that of her people. I use Laing and Fanon’s psychoanalytic theories to portray the protagonist’s struggle with her sense of identity and ontological security. I argue that the subsequent fractured sense of self she experiences affects her to such an extent that shame, guilt and self-negation dominate her mental make-up. What emerges is that the destabilising effect of the trauma of blackness results in a nullification of subjectivity - a total sense of not-being - that causes the protagonist to plummet into the depths of depression. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Trauma en_US
dc.subject Alienation en_US
dc.title Being and Nothingness: Trauma, loss and alienation in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s The Book of Not en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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