By Caroline Rooney
This publication marks an immense contribution to colonial and postcolonial reviews in its rationalization of the African discourse of awareness and its far-reaching analyses of a literature of animism. it will likely be of serious curiosity to students in lots of fields together with literary and significant thought, philosophy, anthropology, politics and psychoanalysis.
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In Oedipus at Colonus (the last-written play of the The Theban Trilogy),27 we have Oedipus and Antigone in the same play. 28 In this play, so concerned with a hospitality beyond calculation and with what it means to receive, Oedipus is simultaneously accursed, a polluted, untouchable being (‘You touch me? ’, lines 1285–6) and a sacred being (coming as ‘someone sacred … bearing a great gift for all your people’, lines 312–14), who, in ‘death’ crosses the threshold between the human and divine or supernatural.
Two thousand years at least, of Europe … of all that could be called the imperialism or colonialisms or neocolonialisms of the IC’ (p. 224). Would this amount to a history of the dissociation of the father-as-knowledge from worldly immediacy, so that, potential actual fathers aside, any question of a paternal body here would be a question of what originates as a spectre? While Glas also importantly engages with what it is to assume or erase analogies between Holy and earthly families, this will not be pursued directly here, except to note: ‘To found or to destroy religion (the family production) always comes down to wanting to reduce fetishism’ (p.
In striking contradistinction to this Antigone-like scenario, Dangarembga’s novel opens with the line: ‘I was not sorry when my brother died’. The novel, set historically in the period of the war of liberation, concerns a young girl’s entry into a Europeanised, Oedipalised family unit. She is not sorry when her brother dies because his death gives her the competitive advantage to get ahead and acquire the privileges of the white middle-class lifestyle that she aspires to. ’ If Hove’s text is about empathetic identifications with the misfortunes of others, Dangarembga’s text shows that the imperatives of entering a Europeanised capitalist society involve a maximising of self-interest and self-control.