Women Engage Patriarchy in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions

  • Albert Mwalimu Rutere, PhD University of Nigeria Yola
Keywords: Women, Patriarchy, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions.


Tsitsi Dangarembga is a Zimbabwean feminist writer born in 1959 in what was called Rhodesia. Dangarembga's first novel, Nervous Conditions, is semi-autobiographical. Nonetheless, the novel indicts the oppression of women in high patriarchal colonial Rhodesia of1960s and 1970s. Pauline Ada Uwakweh
observes that: Her [Dangarembga's] primary agenda on Nervous Conditions is to expose the mechanism of male domination in Zimbabwean society. She thus explores the patterns of female subordination arising from patriarchy and its interrelationship with the experiences of colonization. Dangarembga also questions the exploitative nature of imperialism, the value of Western education, and cultural alienation that it poses to the African. This dialectical tension in the novel projects the socialpolitical dimensions of the novel (77).