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February 28, 2007

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scratchy888

Have you ever read BLACK SUNLIGHT by Dambudzo Marechera?

scratchy888

Have you ever read BLACK SUNLIGHT by Dambudzo Marechera?

blah-feme

hi no I haven't

and I must confess to knowing nohing about the author - tell me about it

thanks for this

scratchy888

It's just that this Zimbabwean fiction (or semi-fiction) writer seems, to me, to be one who, in your own words, sets out "in the spirit of an absolute activism, to shake the deeply embedded gender ideologies of Western masculinity to its core". Actually, he also has an anti-racist agenda, and uses humour a great deal in order to undermine the credibility and weightiness of the dominant ideological structures. His writing seems to me to provide a good answer to your excellent article above, because, to me, it manages somehow to utilise a combination of various cultural forces of humour (slapstick and irony), obscenity, moods of outrage and preposterousness, along with serious reflection and aesthetic design, in order to undermine the phallocentrism of "civilised" society. Actually, his writing, in total, reminds me of your statement here: "To refuse that hegemony, it seems, is to painfully twist and turn in the way of the underworld: come down with me, into the depths, into that place where Freud saw Lüger, in the darkest and most terrifying underplaces where we can tarry with the monsters."

The "monsters" in his writing are reminiscent of Baader-Meinhof, though.

blah-feme

great! Thanks so much for this. It sounds like an absolute must. I'll let you know when I've dipped into it,

cheers

scratchy888

You could find him a bit esoteric, but I think if you get into the humour of it, you can feel liberated like me. You can email me at any time on the email listed in this message.

blah-feme

cheers that's very kind - I look forward to getting hold of a copy - fairly easy to find?

scratchy888

I'd suggest trying Amazon. It can be hard to get hold of Marechera's books.

Dr james hawes

I'd ike to reproduce the "My System" cover in book on Kafka: any idea how/where I'd get permission?

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