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Title:The 'rhetoric of animality', animal imagery, and Dr. Kamuzu Banda's dictatorship in the poetry of Jack Mapanje
Author:Mthatiwa, Syned
Year:2012
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Volume:21
Issue:2
Pages:95-117
Language:English
Geographic term:Malawi
Subjects:poetry
satire
animals
dictatorship
About person:Jack Mapanje (1944-)ISNI
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol21num2/mthatiwa.pdf
Abstract:In his poetry the Malawian poet, Jack Mapanje, uses animal imagery to respond to socio-political events in his country, especially those during the dictatorial reign of Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, Malawi's first president, who ruled the country from independence in 1964 to 1994. Using animal metaphors Mapanje stereotypes, objectifies and inferiorizes those in power through ridicule and mockery, thereby sanctioning their overthrow and replacement. Through the use of animal imagery he also deconstructs the view of Dr. Banda as a benevolent leader or Messiah and depicts him as a greedy and bloodthirsty old man who cared about no one else but himself. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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