Chirambaguwa and Chiridza
Greener Journal of Language and Literature Research Vol. 3 (1), pp. 001-012, May 2017.
© 2017 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 030117031
A Fine Stalemate: Cultural Decolonisation and Imperialism’s Deadlock in Gomo’s: A Fine Madness
Washington Chirambaguwa1 & Peter Chiridza*2
1Chinhoyi University of Technology, Department of Language and Communication Studies.
2Zimbabwe Open University, Department of Languages and Literature.
This study is an analysis of Mashingaidze Gomo’s A Fine Madness, which is an anti-colonial text. The continued presence and success of imperial forces in the Third World, Africa in particular, has left many troubled in spite of the attempt to fend off this menace. Direct responses to this threat have had marginal success. Even at the artistic level literary works that are decidedly anti-imperialist have had a less than desirable impact, which is a concern. This study seeks to analyse different intrinsic and extrinsic considerations that influence the construction of anti-imperialist texts. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact of these considerations by artists in texts that are or purport to be anti-imperialist. Content or words alone do not communicate the full message of a text, hence the need to probe further the impact made by an author’s stylistic choices in presenting their narratives. Internally, form, setting/context, language/discourse, characterisation and tone will be looked at while externally target audience, authorial perspective, publishing and packaging will be looked at. The literary text is a mediated product meant to communicate messages hence the study will draw from both media and Communication studies widely. The main theoretical field which the study draws from and contributes to is cultural decolonization, with an inclination towards Marxism of a moderate type. The study will focus mainly on the local/national Zimbabwean context with spill offs into regional countries that have tried to combat imperialism some resorting to liberation struggles. The researcher, after documentary analysis, exploration of theory and discourse from Gomo Mashingaidze’s A Fine Madness, has concluded that despite a committed effort by anti-imperialism, imperial influences are present even in anti-imperialist fiction and serve to reinforce a dominant Capitalist reading of these seemingly anti-imperialist texts.
Keywords: Cultural Decolonisation, Imperialism.
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