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Article Number - 79ECC39932


Vol.2(1), pp. 1-9 , January 2011

ISSN: 2141-2626



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Epistemological and moral implications of characterization in African literature: A critique of Patrick Chakaipa’s ‘Rudo Ibofu’ (love is blind)


Munyaradzi Mawere




Department of Humanities, Universidade Pedagogica, Mozambique


Email: munhamanuel@yahoo.com.br






 Accepted: 26 November 2010  Published: 31 January 2011

Copyright © 2011 Author(s) retain the copyright of this article.
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This paper examines African epistemology and axiology as expressed in African literature through characterization, and it adopts the Zimbabwean Patrick Chakaipa’s novel, Rudo Ibofu as a case study. It provides a preliminary significance of characterization in Zimbabwean literature and by extension African literature before demonstrating how characterization has been ‘abused’ by some African writers since colonialism in Africa. The consequences are that a subtle misconstrued image of Africa can indirectly or directly be perpetuated within the academic settings. The Zimbabwean novel as one example of African literature that extensively employs characterization, it represents Africa. The mode of this work is reactionary in the sense that it is responding directly to trends identifiable in African literature spheres. The paper therefore is a contribution towards cultural revival and critical thinking in Africa where the wind of colonialism in the recent past has significantly affected the natives’ consciousness. In the light of the latter point, the paper provides a corrective to the western gaze that demonized Africa by advancing the view that Africans were without a history, worse still epistemological and moral systems. The paper thus criticizes, dismantles and challenges the inherited colonial legacies which have injured many African scientists and researchers’ consciousness; it is not only against the vestiges of colonialism, but of neo-colonialism and western cultural arrogance that have been perpetuated by some African writers through characterization.

 

Key words: Characterization, Africa, Zimbabwe, literature, epistemology, morality, Chakaipa, ‘Rudo Ibofu’

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APA (2011). Epistemological and moral implications of characterization in African literature: A critique of Patrick Chakaipa’s ‘Rudo Ibofu’ (love is blind). International Journal of English and Literature, 2(1), 1-9.
Chicago Munyaradzi Mawere. "Epistemological and moral implications of characterization in African literature: A critique of Patrick Chakaipa’s ‘Rudo Ibofu’ (love is blind)." International Journal of English and Literature 2, no. 1 (2011): 1-9.
MLA Munyaradzi Mawere. "Epistemological and moral implications of characterization in African literature: A critique of Patrick Chakaipa’s ‘Rudo Ibofu’ (love is blind)." International Journal of English and Literature 2.1 (2011): 1-9.
   
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