Masculinities and femininities in Zimbabwean autobiographies of political struggle : the case of Edgar Tekere and Fay Chung

Show simple item record Ngoshi, Hazel Tafadzwa 2014-06-25T10:14:25Z 2014-06-25T10:14:25Z 2013
dc.description.abstract Because masculinities and femininities are socially and culturally constructed, they often play significant roles in constructing identities and distinguishing one another. Femininities and masculinities therefore play a key role in nation-building and in the sustenance of national identities. In this article I explore, through the autobiographies of two luminaries of Zimbabwe’s liberation war, how individual politicians configure their own gender identities and consequently the masculine and feminine identities of others. I posit that the autobiographical mode allows for intimate gendering of the liberation discourse. I also argue that Tekere celebrates the heroic masculine self, preferring military femininities to domestic ones. He privileges his own masculinity while “feminising” Robert Mugabe. Chung debunks the perceived manliness of political struggle and its representations by hailing the participation of women in the struggle for liberation. Her narration of their femininity is in relation to the nation and is structured around the struggle for national liberation, female emancipation and nation-building. Typical of female life-writing, Chung exhibits a relational sense of identity in which the autonomous self is subordinate to or subsumed in the collective. Hers becomes a projection and celebration of heroic femininities. I conclude this article by asserting that masculine and feminine identities in Zimbabwe’s political discourse remain bound up with the historical processes of colonial and nationalist liberation struggles. en_US
dc.description.librarian hb2014 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Hazel Tafadzwa Ngoshi (2013) Masculinities and Femininities in Zimbabwean Autobiographies of Political Struggle: The Case of EdgarTekere and Fay Chung, Journal of Literary Studies, 29:3, 119-139, DOI: 10.1080/02564718.2013.810871. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0256-4718 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5387 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/02564718.2013.810871
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge en_US
dc.rights © JLS/TLW en_US
dc.subject Masculinities en_US
dc.subject Zimbabwean autobiographies en_US
dc.subject Femininities en_US
dc.subject Politicians en_US
dc.subject Gender identities en_US
dc.subject Liberation en_US
dc.subject Edgar Tekere en_US
dc.subject Fay Chung en_US
dc.title Masculinities and femininities in Zimbabwean autobiographies of political struggle : the case of Edgar Tekere and Fay Chung en_US
dc.type Postprint Article en_US

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