Stanlake Samkange’s Insufferable Zimbabwe: Distanciating Trauma from the Novel to Philosophy
Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry Pub Date : 2021-04-23 , DOI: 10.1017/pli.2020.37
Jeanne-Marie Jackson

This article theorizes the Zimbabwean writer Stanlake Samkange’s turn from the novel to philosophy as an effort to circumvent the representational pressure exerted by African cultural traumatization. In breaking with the novel form to coauthor a philosophical treatise called Hunhuism or Ubuntuism in the same year as Zimbabwe achieves independence (1980), Samkange advances a comportment-based, deontological alternative to the psychic or subjective model of personhood that anchors trauma theory. Revisiting the progression from his most achieved novel, The Mourned One, to Hunhuism or Ubuntuism thus offers fresh insight into the range of options available to independence-era writers for representing the relationship between African individuality and collectivity. At the same time, it suggests a complementary and overlooked relationship between novelistic and philosophical forms in an African context.



中文翻译:

斯坦莱克·萨姆坎格(Stanlake Samkange)的《津巴布韦之路:从小说到哲学的脱轨》

本文对津巴布韦作家斯坦拉克·萨姆坎格(Stanlake Samkange)从小说转向哲学的理论进行了理论分析,以期规避非洲文化创伤带来的代表性压力。为了打破这种新颖的形式,在津巴布韦获得独立的同一年(1980年)合着了一部名为《胡润主义》或《 Ubuntuism》的哲学论文,Samkange提出了一种基于逻辑的,基于道义论的替代人格的心理或主观模型,以锚定创伤理论。重温从他最有成就的小说《哀悼者》到匈奴主义或Ubuntuism的发展因此,对于独立时代的作家可以用来代表非洲个性与集体之间关系的选择范围提供了新的见解。同时,它暗示了在非洲背景下小说形式和哲学形式之间的互补和被忽视的关系。

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