Reading Marechera

Reading Marechera

Edited by Grant Hamilton


James Currey



Variously understood as literary genius and enfant terrible of African literature, Dambudzo Marechera's work as novelist, poet, playwright and essayist is discussed here in relation to other free-thinking writers.
Considered one of Africa's most innovative and subversive writers, the Zimbabwean novelist, poet, playwright and essayist Dambudzo Marechera is read today as a significant voice in contemporary world literature. Marechera wrote ceaselessly against the status quo, against unqualified ideas, against expectation. He was an intellectual outsider who found comfort only in the company of other free-thinking writers - Shelley, Bakhtin, Apuleius, Fanon, Dostoyevsky, Tutuola. It is this universe of literary thought that one can see written into the fiction of Marechera that this collection of essays sets out to interrogate.
In this important and timely contribution to African literary studies, Grant Hamilton has gathered together essays of world-renowned, established, and young academics from Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia in order to discuss the important literary and philosophical influences that course through Marechera's prose, poetry and drama. From classical allusion to the political philosophy of anarchism, this collection of new research on Marechera's work makes clear the extraordinary breadth and quality of thought that Marechera brought to his writing.

Grant Hamilton is Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of On Representation: Deleuze and Coetzee on the Colonized Subject (Rodopi, 2011), as well as a number of articles on contemporary African, postcolonial, and world literatures. He is currently working on his second book, Deleuze and African Literature.


January 2013
1 black and white illustrations
208 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781847010629
Format: Paperback
Library eBook
James Currey
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Marechera & the Outside - Grant Hamilton
A Brotherhood of Misfits: The Literary Anarchism of Dambudzo Marechera & Percy Bysshe Shelley - Tinashe Mushakavanhu
Blowing People's Minds: Anarchist Thought in Dambudzo Marechera's Mindblast - Anias Mutekwa
Grotesque Intimacies: Embodiment & the Spirit of Violence in 'House of Hunger' - Anna-Leena Toivanen
Tracing the Stain in Marechera's 'House of Hunger' - Grant Hamilton
Menippean Marechera - Bill Ashcroft
Black, But Not Fanon: Reading The Black Insider - David Huddart
The Avant-Garde Power of Black Sunlight: Radical Recontextualizations of Marechera from Darius James to China Miéville - Mark P. Williams
Classical Allusion in Marechera's Prose Works - Madhlozi Moyo
Revisiting 'The Servants' Ball' - Memory Chirere
Marechera, the Tree-Poem-Artifact - Eddie Tay


Offers a really new and different path to appreciating Marechera's enduring relevance in the contemporary context. RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES

These essays accentuate the egalitarian verve, the scepticism of orthodoxies and the resourceful dissent that distinguish Marechera's writing. The comprehensive footnotes and bibliography can only be a huge bonus to students of Marechera and modern African writing. LUCAS BULLETIN

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