“Let me have my untrammeled growth” Gender, Education, and The Colonized Intellectual in Nervous Conditions
Nervous Conditions; Tstsi Dangarembga; The Wretched of the Earth; Frantz Fanon; postcolonial literature
This article utilizes Frantz Fanon's ideas of the "colonized intellectual" from his text The Wretched of the Earth to examine the state of education in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Condition. By applying the various states of the "colonized intellectual" to the novel's main characters, an understanding of the benefits and trials of education in the former colonized state of Rhodesia is discussed in relation to ideas of gender, patriarchal cultural roles, and the modern colonial state. Examples from the novel are utilized as evidence in this literary analysis alongside the theoretical ideas of Fanon and Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
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Rozier, Dustin C.
"“Let me have my untrammeled growth” Gender, Education, and The Colonized Intellectual in Nervous Conditions,"
PSU McNair Scholars Online Journal:
1, Article 7.