oa Alternation - The Condition of the native': autodestruction in Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Sartre, in the Preface to The Wretched of the Earth summarises Fanon's argument that the native manifests a nervous condition, introduced and maintained by the settler colonial with the native's consent. This statement follows a discussion of horizontal violence in which Fanon argues that violence against one's fellow colonised (i.e. horizontal violence) precedes the vertical violence against the coloniser that predominates during eras of independence wars. Dangarembga read Fanon only after she had written Nervous Conditions.

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