n English in Africa - What the Hell is Penelope doing in Winnie's story?

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



When I read for the first time, it was in manuscript form, without the dedication and front cover that link the story to Sarah Baartman. The first thing I noticed was that the title was without the 'Madikizela,' the maiden name that women often insert to signify a personal identity and life other than that of the 'wife or spouse of.' Since her divorce Winnie had used Madikizela-Mandela. By ignoring that, the writer was saying that this story was about the absence of that hyphenated space ; about having had to live a life, to forge a life, within that famous, yet confined, name.

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