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Tsitsi Dangarembga

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nervous-conditions-tsitsi-dangarembgaMother, Chapter 2et her see for herself that some things cannot be done. Sources: Brick Magazine, Emory Scholar Blogs, New York Public LibraryCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.DualityAfrican children attending British school struggle with identity.ColonialismBritish rule in Rhodesia threatens to erasetraditional culture.PatriarchyMale superiority createsrigid gender roles and expectations.ThemesDepressed, uneducated woman; works in the fields and lives in povertyMotherBritish-influenced African teenager; feels like an outsider everywhereNyashaEducated, revered breadwinner for his extended family; head of the patriarchyBabamukuruIndustrious girl raised in poverty; uses education to become independentTambuMain CharactersDangarembga burst onto the literary scene with Nervous Conditions, the first novel written in English by a black, female Zimbabwean author. Her continuing work in theater, filmmaking, and writing focuses on themes of colonialism, patriarchy, and African social structure.TSITSI DANGAREMBGABORN 1959AuthorAs she gets older, Tambu continues to be confined by racism and segregation.Convent SchoolTambu studies and learns about female strength from her cousin and aunt.MissionPatriarchal rule and gender expectations represent a bleak future for Tambu.HomesteadWhen her brother dies while attending missionary school, Tambu is giventhe unique opportunity to take over his education. During British colonial rule in 1960s Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Tambu pushes against traditional patriarchy and racism to find independence.FindingIndependencethroughEducationOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1988Year PublishedTsitsi DangarembgaAuthorNervousConditionsDramaNovel

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