n English in Africa - What the Hell is Penelope doing in Winnie's story?
|Article Title||What the Hell is Penelope doing in Winnie's story?|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Publication Date||May 2009|
|Pages||55 - 60|
When I read The Cry of Winnie Mandela 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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