“Almost the same, but not white.”

Smart read of poco terms

A Postcolonial Something

In sitting here and attempting to formulate my own opinions about “Nervous Conditions” by Tsitsi Dangarembga, I came to the conclusion that I am not going to allow Homi Bhaba’s theories on mimicry and ambivalence to take away from my enjoyment of Dangarembga’s novel. But I am also aware of the mixed feelings I experienced in reading this story, and now even more mixed up, post-Bhabha.

I was waiting for one, just one reference of the missionary schools in Zimbabwe as being somewhat problematic for Tambudzai’s people, but I didn’t get it. I wanted Tambu to question at some point why it is that her only option for education is through a missionary school, or why it is that poverty is so widespread throughout. Interestingly, whiteness, or the mimicry of white culture seems to Tambu, the way out of her poverty, but being as clever as she is, why doesn’t…

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