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Title:HIV/AIDS, African Sexuality and the Problem of Representation in Zimbabwean Literature
Author:Vambe, Maurice T.ISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Volume:21
Issue:3
Period:September
Pages:473-488
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:AIDS
literature
Health and Nutrition
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0258900032000142473
http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=MLPC7FRD2FAWLAMTJ0K7
Abstract:HIV/AIDS poses a major threat to health care in Zimbabwe today. The magnitude of the problem points to cultural identities embedded in notions of African sexuality. The latter is shaped by cultural beliefs, values and notions of 'maleness' and 'femaleness', 'manhood' and 'womanhood', especially as determined within a colonial system that 'invents ideas of African customary law' which is predominantly patriarchal. This article examines the representation of the cultural context of the transmission of the HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwean literature. In particular, it analyses 'Waste not your tears' (1994) by Violet Kala, 'Jemedza' (2000) by Wiseman Magwa, 'Zviyedzo' (1998) by Daniel Matanganyidze, and 'Mapenzi' (1999) by Ignatius Mabasa. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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