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Title: The search for utopia in NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names (2013).
Authors: Mavezere, Gift
Keywords: English literature
Issue Date: Oct-2014
Publisher: Midlands State University
Abstract: This dissertation explores how NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names depicts the search for utopia, in relation to migration. It uses the post colonial theory to explain Darling’s consciousness in postcolonial Zimbabwe, which she portrays as a degenerate utopia. The theory informs the textual analysis and evaluation of Darling’s consciousness as she responds to crises and betrayal associated with her home country. The escape to America becomes a journey during the course of which she hopes to find her perceived land of abundant opportunities. Firstly, however, the study argues that the search for utopia is preceded by the negation of reality. Secondly, it argues that disillusionment is an inevitable phase in the search for utopia. Lastly, it argues that there is no place like home. It concludes that the search for utopia is the alternative way of escaping reality. In addition humans are bound to suffer disillusionment in their search for a better place. Lastly the utopian search for home is futile because everywhere where people live there is misery. This means that as long as there is suffering utopia cannot be achieved.
Appears in Collections:Ba English And Communication Honours Degree

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