oa Alternation - Things of Darkness: Character Construction in the Earlier Plays of Zakes Mda

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



An important dialectic in western-based studies of African literature concerns the problem of the so-called weakness in character construction. The camps are divided but the two main opposing views, while they agree on the outcome, differ as to the reasons. The Albert Gerard (1971:111) camp would maintain that character depiction in African literature is defective in the main:

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