n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Narrating the country : a Rhodesian girl child's account of the colony

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



This article analyses Lauren Liebenberg's novel The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam (2008). It argues that the text is narrated from a white Rhodesian girl child's perspective. The utilisation of the girl child's voice authorises an uncensored account of the colonial space - a version that is more revealing of the life in the colony than the adult Rhodesian narrative which is often self-censoring for the sake of political correctness. The article begins by examining the spaces occupied by the white Rhodesian girl child and how she narrates such locations and her representation of the colonial space in general. Later on, the discussion focuses on how a rigid and parochial adult Rhodesian memory affects the psyche and identity of the white Rhodesian youth.

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