Reading the prison narrative: An examination of selected Southern African Post - 2000 writings

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dc.contributor.advisor Sewlall, H.
dc.contributor.advisor Mashau, G. S.
dc.contributor.advisor Oduwobi, O. A.
dc.contributor.author Moyo, Robert
dc.date 2018
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-03T08:54:00Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-03T08:54:00Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-21
dc.identifier.citation Moyo, Robert (2018) Reading the prison narrative: an examination of selected Southern African Post-2000 writings, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa,<http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1176>
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1176
dc.description MA (English Literature)
dc.description Department of English
dc.description.abstract This study examines a selection of Post-2000 Southern African prison narratives. It primarily focuses on fictional narratives that were written in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Little critical attention has been given to fictional prison writing in Southern Africa considering that much critical attention has been accorded to autobiographies by political prisoners. The demise of autobiographical writing has led to the rise in the production of prison novels, hence the need to examine this evolving genre. This study is driven by the need to examine the construction and representation of subjectivity in the selected narratives. It explores how the prison is experienced, by paying attention to issues of criminality, identity, gender and power. This study begins with the examination of criminality and the representation of the function of the prison in Red Ink by Angela Makholwa (2007), followed by the exploration of gender and identity issues in A Book of Memory by Petina Gappah (2015). It further examines how the notions of power and counter-discourse are portrayed in The Violent Gestures of Life by Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho (2014). This study employs the method of close textual analysis of the selected narratives. It is underpinned by post-colonial theory, the paradigm of the Panopticon which is foregrounded by Michel Foucault in Discipline and Punish: The Birth of Prison (1977) and Daniel Roux’s perceptions of the prison in Doing Time under Apartheid (2013). This study contends that notions of detention and imprisonment continue to play a central role in the production of selfhood in literary works. It is clear in the study that the prison is used as an institution to critique different phenomena regarding the prison experience. In this study, I clearly show that the selected narratives can be read as platforms for resistance against social ills that prevail in the post-apartheid/post-colonial society. I also argue that there is a thin line between fiction and non-fiction, apartheid/colonial and post-apartheid/post-colonial prison systems. The narratives I explore in this study reveal more continuities than discontinuities from the apartheid/colonial prisons. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vii, 92 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Southern African en_US
dc.subject Prison narratives en_US
dc.subject Subjectivity en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.subject Power en_US
dc.subject Counter-discourse en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Panopticon en_US
dc.subject Foucault en_US
dc.subject Roux en_US
dc.subject.ddc 809.2
dc.subject.lcsh Prisoner's writings, African (English)
dc.subject.lcsh South African literature (English)
dc.subject.lcsh Literature
dc.title Reading the prison narrative: An examination of selected Southern African Post - 2000 writings en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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