‘National Identity’ In Yvonne Vera’s Without A Name – A Study


  • P. Kannan Professor Department of Englisht, Karnataka State Akkamahadevi Women's University, Vijayapura, Karnataka




National Identity, Yvonne Vera, Commonwealth Writers, Zimbabwe, Without A Name.


Zimbabwean author Yvonne Vera is well known. She was created in Bulawayo. She attended a university in Canada where she studied and earned a master's degree. She was the National Gallery's Director at the time. Why Don't Carve Other Animals? a 1992 publication of short stories, marked the beginning of her creative writing career. After that, she published five books: Nehanda (1993), Without a Name (1994), Under the Tongue (1996), Butterfly Burning (1998), and The Stone Virgins (2002). She also received the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Africa Region for her book Under the Tongue. Vera frequently discusses the effects of colonial authority on Zimbabwe's ethnic group in her works, as well as the failure of women's hopes to gain Independence. Vera has made an effort to illustrate the colonial tactic of eliminating Zimbabwe's ethnic identity and establishing a colonial identity in Without A Name. Without a Name makes an attempt to analyze how Zimbabwe loses her ethnic name.


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How to Cite

P. Kannan , translator. “‘National Identity’ In Yvonne Vera’s Without A Name – A Study”. Creative Saplings, vol. 2, no. 10, Oct. 2023, pp. 27-35, https://doi.org/10.56062/gtrs.2023.2.07.424.

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