The theme of protest in the post-independence Shona novel

by Mickson Mazuruse

Institution: University of South Africa
Year: 2010
Keywords: Socio-political protest; Socio-cultural protest; Constructive criticism; Cultural heritage; Economic independence; Neocolonialism; Women empowerment
Record ID: 1435646
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/3949


The study discusses selected Shona novels‟ depiction of the theme of protest in the post-independence era in Zimbabwe. The ideas that these novels generate on protest are examined in the context of socio-political and socio-cultural issues in post-independent Zimbabwe. The study is an investigation of the extent to which protest literature is indispensable in the struggle of African people to liberate themselves from imperialist servitude. Novels on socio-political protest show how the government has failed to deliver on most of its promises because of neocolonialism and corruption. Novels on socio-cultural protest show how cultural innovations in post-independence Zimbabwe brought problems .The study comes to the conclusion that for literature to be reliable and useful to society it is not enough to highlight weaknesses in criticizing, but it should go beyond that and offer constructive and corrective criticism. This shows that protest literature is a vital tool for social transformation in Zimbabwe.