n Institute of African Studies Research Review - (Re)negotiating home : exile / migrancy and return in Caryl Phillips' A State of Independence and Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness
|Article Title||(Re)negotiating home : exile / migrancy and return in Caryl Phillips' A State of Independence and Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness|
|© Publisher:||Institute of African Studies|
|Journal||Institute of African Studies Research Review|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||59 - 75|
Using tenets of postcolonial theory, this paper draws from the premise that in 'return home' narratives, a common thematic frame is apparent based on the returnee's personal odyssey to answer the question: where do I belong? It aims at showing that the exilic / migrant experience problematises and complicates the issues of home and identity in the returning subject, who cannot, in the circumstances, recover a plenitudinous sense of 'home.' It argues that the returnee operating from an 'outsider' position, must rethink his identity on the 'voyage in.' It demonstrates that to be at home, means (re)negotiating the 'outsider' position in often new and innovative ways. The paper uses Caryl Phillips' A State of Independence and Zakes Mda's The Heart of Redness as springboard for its discussion.
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