'Structures of feeling' and constructions of history: Mazisi Kunene's 'Emperor Shaka the Great'

Brown, Duncan (2002). 'Structures of feeling' and constructions of history: Mazisi Kunene's 'Emperor Shaka the Great'. In: Jones, Eldred Durosimi and Jones, Marjorie eds. South and Southern African Literature. African Literature Today (23). Oxford, UK: James Currey, pp. 63–78.

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Abstract

In this article I wish to engage seriously with Mazisi Kunene and his place in South African and African literary histories, through an analysis of what is arguably his best-known work, 'Emperor Shaka the Great' (1979). I suggest the real possibilities and strengths of this poem, while acknowledging the often contradictory 'structures of feeling' that inform and impel the poem.

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