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The modern city and citizen efficacy in a Zambian novel

Primorac, Ranka (2008) The modern city and citizen efficacy in a Zambian novel Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 44, (1), pp. 49-60. (doi:10.1080/17449850701820665).

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Arguing against the grain of established critical opinion, this article analyses the textual
complexity and cosmopolitanism of a contemporary Zambian novel, Dead Ends (Crime, Cops
and a Renaissance) by Sekelani S. Banda, focusing on its representation of the modern city
and citizen efficacy. Through Banda’s deft handling of narrative time and genre Dead Ends
contributes to Southern Africa’s emergent social imaginaries by constructing hope as a social
category predicated on the time-streams of both detection and emergence

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Published date: March 2008
Keywords: citizen efficacy, bildungsroman, hope, urban modernity, thriller, zambia


Local EPrints ID: 79486
ISSN: 1744-9855
PURE UUID: b9cd5115-8c27-452d-9204-3cd36e1aee48

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Date deposited: 17 Mar 2010
Last modified: 17 Aug 2017 16:35

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