Cultural Texts of Resistance in Zimbabwe explores how ordinary citizens appropriate and deploy cultural texts such as internet memes, songs, political cartoons and social media discussions as vehicles to contest hegemonic narratives of the state and insert alternative ways of imagining the future of the nation.
This book is a timely attempt to examine the multiple and complex dimensions of resistance in post-millennial Zimbabwe through analysing different cultural productions. It centres the voices of ordinary Zimbabweans by examining popular cultural texts that reflect their experiences and ways of living within the Zimbabwean crisis of the post-2000 period. The book argues that subversive cultural texts have become important tools that ordinary citizens appropriate to challenge the repressive political environment and imagine different ways of writing the nation. The book brings a fresh perspective to ongoing discussions on how popular cultural texts contribute to the narration of the nation, especially in the context of crisis.
Rodwell Makombe is Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of the Free State, South Africa. He is a fellow of the African Humanities Program (AHP) of the American Council of Learned Societies (2018-2019) and researcher of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa.
Chapter 1. Resistance and the Zimbabwean Crisis: Music, Cartoons, Memes and Media
Chapter 2. Memetic Resistance from Within and Without: Political Dimensions of the Zvinhu Zviri Kufaya Memes in Zimbabwe
Chapter 3. Saying it Without Saying it: Tony Namate’s Subversive Cartoons of the Zimbabwean Crisis
Chapter 4. Cultural Idioms of Resistance in Thomas Mapfumo’s and Oliver Mtukudzi’s Songs of the Post-2000 Period
Chapter 5. New Musical Voices of Resistance in Post-2000 Zimbabwe: Hosiah Chipanga and Winky D
Chapter 6. Narratives and Counter-Narratives of the “New Zimbabwe”: Facebooking Dissent in Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe
Chapter 7. Concluding Remarks: Cultures of Resistance in Post-2000 Zimbabwe