Writing Namibia - Coming of Age
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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.

A Literature Review

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

by 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

List of Contributors

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Date de parution 02 juin 2022
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EAN13 9783906927428
Langue English
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Writing Namibia Coming of Age
Sarala Krishnamurthy, Nelson Mlambo, Helen Vale (eds.)
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WRITING NAMIBIACOMING OF AGE
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WRITING NAMIBIA COMING OF AGE
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Cover design: Aurel Fischer Cover image: “Going Places” by Christina Koch (2008) Photographer: Tim Brunauer
ISBN 978-3-906927-41-1
Dedication
To all those who have passed on during the COVID-19 pandemic in Namibia and, in particu-lar, three friends in the arena of literature, cultural heritage, history and theatre arts, namely Jeremy Silvester, historian, activist, lecturer, author and mentor, David Ndjavera, actor, direc-tor, teacher, author and mentor and Johnathan Sam, journalist and adjudicator and member of the panel to evaluate Namibian plays. All three much loved and sorely missed.
Contents
Introduction
André du Pisani Mindscapes: The Story of Namibia in Art and Stone
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Henning Melber Dealing with Trauma and the Limits to Liberation: Ex-Detainees Speaking Out 58
Yvonne Niekrenz, Caroline Schmitt, Matthias D. Witte Coming of Age Transnationally – Life Stories of Namibian Child Refugees. A Literature Review
Maurice Taonezvi Vambe Whiteness, Power and Privilege? A Critique of a Western Account of the Herero and Nama Genocide in Horst Drechsler’sLet 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. HoFmann’s NovelDiamantenIeber(2006) as a Metaphor of German-Namibian History
Stephan Mühr Oral Traditions in German-Namibian Literature. TheSüdwester Geschichtenby Ernst Rudolf Scherz
Petrus Angula Mbenzi Nayi tye ngaa waka– Now it is Obvious: The Signiîcance of Oshiwambo st Wedding Songs in the 21 Century
Festus Abiatar and Sarala Krishnamurthy Herero-Nama Genocide as Historical Fiction: A New Historical Analysis of Mama Namibia, The Scattering,andThe Lie of the Land
Swama Simaneka Kandali Andimba and Jairos Kangira Ecocriticism and Verse: Insights fromTales of the rainbow: A collection of poems in Englishby Julia Amukoshi andA true me in words: An anthology of poemsby Annelie Nghikembwa Swama
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Sarala Krishnamurthy and Alexandra Tjiramanga Exploring Herero Genocide Survivor Narratives
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Iithula Leena and Nelson Mlambo Authoring the “Unspeakables”, Moralising the Public Sphere: A Literary Exam-ination of Social Commitment and the Artistic Vision in Siîso Nyathi’sŒuvre285
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
List of Contributors
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Introduction Sarala Krishnamurthy, Nelson Mlambo and Helen Vale
African literature today enjoys a reputation far wider than its age and circumstances would ordinarily suggest, and continues to be a major propelling force in the growth of more global studies such as postcolonial literary and cultural studies. Unfortunate-ly, the same could not be said of African literary criticism and theory, which has been very much invisible in the current expanding interest in African literature …. The invisibility is marked most signi⁞cantly by the fact that while anthologies of African ⁞ction, poetry, and drama and even republications of old and out-of-print literary texts are being produced, there is no single anthology on African literary criticism and theory in existence… (Olaniyan & Quayson, 2007, p. 1)
The above quotation from two of the ⁞nest minds on African literature, though written more than a decade ago and also focusing broadly on African literature, theory and criti-cism, helps in carving out some directions for a more robust, critical and theoretical tradi-tion in the Namibian literary sphere. As a discursive construct, Namibian literary criticism, theory, and culture has hitherto remained overshadowed by regional giants, and this ‘invis-ibility’, which has been slowly but surely advanced by a new wave of literary productivity of late, marks an irrevocable new era of public contestation and discussion. As an aesthetic object and social phenomenon, Namibian literature still ful⁞ls the func-tion 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 ⁞nd 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.
Coming of age and the decolonial turn
This volume contains diverse and engaging chapters by local and international academics on Namibian literature in all genres, often on topics not covered elsewhere. It builds onWriting Namibia, Literature in Transition(Krishnamurthy & Vale, 2018), documenting the literary landscape in Namibia since independence in 1990, which was the ⁞rst book of its kind to present Namibian literature. It was well-received with positive international and local re-views. With the publication ofWriting Namibia, Literature in Transition, one can argue that Namibian literature marks a de⁞nite decolonial turn that seeks the decolonisation of Namib-
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