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Redemptive or Grotesque Nationalism

Rethinking Contemporary Politics in Zimbabwe

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Edited By Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni and James Muzondidya

At the beginning of 2000, with the launch of the so-called Third Chimurenga, Zimbabwean nationalism revealed some of its most grotesque aspects, resulting in a polarisation of the nation into ‘patriots’ and ‘sell-outs’ and dividing academics into groups such as ‘regime intellectuals’, left-nationalists, left-internationalists, ‘nativists’ and ‘neo-liberals’. Drawing upon the arguments and insights of an array of scholars, many based in Zimbabwe, this book offers a new analysis of the grotesque character of Zimbabwean nationalism, a nationalism that has provoked ambivalent responses locally, regionally and internationally.

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1. Introduction: Redemptive or Grotesque Nationalism in thePostcolony? 1

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1. Introduction: Redemptive or Grotesque Nationalism in the Postcolony? Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni and James Muzondidya What is the ‘grotesque’ – and what is ‘horror’ – in art? And why do these seemingly repellent states of mind possess, for some, ...

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