n Latin American Report - Rethinking history and identity in Zimbabwe

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



The concepts of history and identity occupy central positions in current African literary representations and in theoretical debates that focus on their discussions. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the notion of history and identity in Zimbabwe. It is important to reimagine and rewrite Zimbabwean history in order to map out and construct new identities. In order to understand identity formations and re-formations, we need, first to explore the concepts of history and historicity in the Zimbabwe context. Therefore, the argument in this paper is that some theoretical perspectives on history and identity are polemical in nature and necessarily unstable because of mankind's constant desire to deconstruct narratives of previously received knowledge. The question that this paper raises in relationship to history and identity is to rethink the slippery terrain of translating experience and knowledge into telling or narrating the self and other.

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