ISBN 9783906927411
Pages 378
Dimensions 244 x 170mm
Published 2022
Publisher Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Namibia
Format Paperback

Writing Namibia - Coming of Age

edited by Sarala Krishnamurthy, Nelson Mlambo, Helen Vale

A rich collection of captivating and remarkable chapters, Writing Namibia Coming of Age presents research of senior academics as well as emerging scholars from Namibia. The book includes wide ranging topics in literature written in English and other Namibian languages, such as German, Afrikaans and Oshiwambo. Almost thirty years after independence, Namibia literature has come of age with new writers experimenting with different genres and varied aspects of literature. As an aesthetic object and social phenomenon, Namibian literature still fulfils the function of social conscience and as new writers emerge, there is ample demonstration that, pluri-vocal as they are, Namibian literary texts relate in a complex manner to the socio-historical trends shaping the country. The Namibian literary-critical tradition continues to paint some versions of Namibia and what we find in this new and highly welcome volume is a canvas of rich voices and perspectives that demonstrate an intricate diversity in terms of culture, language, and themes.

Introduction, André du Pisani

Mindscapes: The Story of Namibia in Art and Stone, Henning Melber

Dealing with Trauma and the Limits to Liberation: Ex-Detainees Speaking Out Yvonne Niekrenz, Caroline Schmitt, Matthias D. Witte

Coming of Age Transnationally - Life Stories of Namibian Child Refugees Maurice Taonezvi Vambe

Whiteness, Power and Privilege? A Critique of a Western Account of the Herero and Nama Genocide in Horst Drechsler's Let Us Die Fighting Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja

Queering the Archive: African Praxis in Performative Writing, Jean Lombard

Afrikaans Dramatist George Weideman's Appeal for Freedom, Julia Augart

Crimes in the Colony. Reading Giselher W. Hoffmann's Novel Diamantenfieber (2006) as a Metaphor of German-Namibian History, Stephan Mühr

Oral Traditions in German-Namibian Literature. The Südwester Geschichten, Ernst Rudolf Scherz, Petrus Angula Mbenzi

Nayi tye ngaa waka - Now it is Obvious: The Significance of Oshiwambo Wedding Songs in the 21st Century, Festus Abiatar and Sarala Krishnamurthy

Herero-Nama Genocide as Historical Fiction: A New Historical Analysis of Mama Namibia, The Scattering, and The Lie of the Land, Swama Simaneka Kandali Andimba and Jairos Kangira

Ecocriticism and Verse: Insights from Tales of the rainbow: A collection of poems in English by Julia Amukoshi and A true me in words: An anthology of poems by Annelie Nghikembwa Swama, Sarala Krishnamurthy and Alexandra Tjiramanga

Exploring Herero Genocide Survivor Narratives, Iithula Leena and Nelson Mlambo

Authoring the "Unspeakables", Moralising the Public Sphere: A Literary Exam-ination of Social Commitment and the Artistic Vision in Sifiso Nyathi's Œuvre, Magdalena Cloete and Sarala Krishnamurthy

Catharsis in Namibian Women's Autobiography, Mercy Chiruvo-Mushonga and Nelson Mlambo

Representations of Post-Independence Leadership in Selected Namibian Poetry (1990-2020), Frieda Ndeutala Mukufa and Sarala Krishnamurthy

Interrogating the Narrative "#Men Are Trash" in Namibian Women's Spoken Poetry with a Focus on Gender-Based Violence

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About the Editors

Sarala Krishnamurthy

Sarala Krishnamurthy (PhD, Bangalore, India) is Professor of English in the Faculty of Human Sciences at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She has taught at the post graduate level for 35 years in the areas of Stylistics, English Language Teaching and Post-colonial Literature, and successfully supervised eight PhD and twelve MPhil students. She has published two books on African literature and several articles in international peer-reviewed journals. She is currently working on a major project which is the compilation of Namibian English as part of the International Corpus of English, based at the University of Hong Kong. 

Nelson Mlambo

Nelson Mlambo holds a PhD and currently lectures in the Department of Language and Literature Studies at the University of Namibia.

Helen Vale

Helen Vale has taught literature in the English Departments of the University of Swaziland (four years) and of the University of Namibia (sixteen years). She is now a freelance editor and trainer. Her academic interests include Namibian literature in English since independence, linkages between history and literature, the role of memory and autobiography.