n Africa Insight - A failed romance : reading masculinity and love in David Karanja's

Volume 35, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


Popular art is not just about entertainment, and this paper explores some of the pertinent issues that one genre of popular fiction, romance, signals. Using the novel as a backdrop, the paper concentrates on masculinity as a way out of an essentialised gender analysis that confines the genre of romance to the category of woman, as demonstrated in the mentioned critical works. Masculinity is a fictional construction, and this article attempts to explore how David Karanja has used the genre of romance to perpetuate it within the context of Kenyans' everyday life. A move towards men and masculinity is a project of levelling the playing field of romantic fiction.

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