Balzac in Zanzibar: the Swahili novel as disseminator of bourgeois individualism

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Date: Fall 1992
From: Research in African Literatures(Vol. 23, Issue 3)
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 61 words

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Abstract :

Swahili novels promote the ideas of bourgeois individualism. The novel came to Africa from Europe and followed the same pattern of emerging once social transformation has moved from collectivism to individualism. Swahili works have only appeared after independence, signaling the dominance of a Western educated class of Africans. An example that illustrates bourgeois values is Mohamed S. Mohamed's 1972 novel 'Kiu.'

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A12608504