Kujibizana: Questions of Language and Power in Nineteenth- by Ann Biersteker

By Ann Biersteker

the writer argues that analyzing poetry in Kiswahili presents vital insights into questions of language and gear, in addition to into discussions of socialist perform in East Africa and East African resistance to colonialism and neo-colonialism. contains the textual content of various poems and footnotes.

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Use of Kiswahili, thus, is presented as empowering both in the sense that it enables one to speak of that which cannot be said in colonial languages in the colonial context and in the sense that it restores dignity destroyed by political and cultural domination. Other verses speak of Kiswahili as a language which "hufanya mataifa, mengi kisikilizana"/enables many nations to understand each other and as like "mto Nili, kwa kazi ya ushairi"/ the River Nile,for poetic work. It now seems useful to consider how the phrase, titi la Mama, represents Kiswahili throughout the poem in a more general sense as language of a resistance community.

Kujibizana: Questions of Language and Power 64 pseudonym/mistaken name 7 ! "Bi. Mary Rajabu," that makes reference to both Christian and Islamic symbolism. This poem does not raise the questions Shaaban Robert's does about the similarities between domestic political discourse and political discourse in a colonial state. Here speaking as a woman is a stance strategically adopted and explored rather than a strategy advocated. The poem is a clear call for resistance voices and for action within a resistance movement.

T. Allen's edition, 62. 68 Also mchache wa hasanati, Mwana Kupona, "Utendi wa Mwana Kupona," 58, Chapter I (Kupambana) 59 poem, is compared to Mwana Kupona's daughter. Verse four argues that it is a mistake to curse another as this only brings verbal or other reprisals. Rather "women" need equal status because the "issue," presumably a new political order, of a "marital union" is the responsibility of both "wife" and "husband": 4. Laana ni kosa moja, kubwa katika kauli, Ambalo limefuja, maneno na kubadili, Mwanamke ana haja, ya usawa wa hali, Mke hazai kioja, ila kwa mbegu dhalili.

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