Kopf 2005 Violence

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Author: Martina Kopf

Title: Writing Sexual Violence

Subtitle: Words and Silences in Yvonne Vera's Under the Tongue

In: Body, Sexuality, and Gender: Versions and Subversions in African Literatures (Vol. 1)

Edited by: Flora Veit-Wild and Dirk Naguschewski

Place: Amsterdam and New York

Publisher: Editions Rodopi B.V.

Year: 2005

Pages: 243-253

Series: Matatu: Journal for African Culture and Society No. 29-30

ISBN-10: 9042016264 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Zimbabwean History | Represenations: Literature / Yvonne Vera



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Author: Martina Kopf, Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Abstract: »The traumatic experience of rape stands in the centre of the last two essays. While Martina Kopf takes up Yvonne Vera's novel Under the Tongue, Lucy Graham takes a closer look at J.M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace. Based on the idea that literature offers specific means to communicate and transform mechanisms of trauma as experienced by victims of violence, Kopf focuses on Vera's depiction of childhood sexual abuse. Kopf echoes Adimora-Ezeigbo's claim that literature can play an important role as mediator between individual experience and collective memory. Reading Under the Tongue as a type of trauma narrative, she demonstrates how the novel convincingly transforms the effects of individual trauma by reproducing them as narration.« (Veit-Wild, Flora, and Dirk Naguschewski. »Introduction: Lifting the Veil of Secrecy.« Body, Sexuality, and Gender: Versions and Subversions in African Literatures. Vol. 1. Edited by Flora Veit-Wild et al. Leiden 2005: xviii-xix)

Reviews: Busia, Abenda P.A. Research in African Literatures 38(3) (Fall 2007): 195-197. – Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted Access]

Wikipedia: Yvonne Vera


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