n Mousaion - Upholding innovative models of manhood in Zimbabwean children's literature : an analysis of Kudakwashe Muzira's

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



The theme of masculinity is receiving scholarly attention in different disciplines, including African literature. Literary analysts are expanding the notion of gender. They are investing energy to clarify how masculinity is portrayed in artistic works. However, this trend has not been extended to children's literature. This article focuses on efforts to encourage new models of manhood in Zimbabwean children's literature. It argues that the publication, by Kudakwashe Muzira (2007) challenges popular images of a "real man". It projects a new version of masculinity that celebrates responsibility over mere strength. The article maintains that this new focus must be promoted as it will lead to better relationships between women and men.

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