Last edited by Shakarg
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | History

3 edition of The life and work of Bessie Head found in the catalog.

The life and work of Bessie Head

Mary S. Lederer

The life and work of Bessie Head

a celebration of the seventieth anniversary of her birth

by Mary S. Lederer

  • 337 Want to read
  • 29 Currently reading

Published by Pentagon in Gaborone, Botswana .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statementedited by Mary S. Lederer ... [et. al]
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPR9369.3.H4 L54 2008
The Physical Object
Paginationix, 293 p. :
Number of Pages293
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24449472M
ISBN 109789991248783
LC Control Number2009319381

One of the foremost African writers of our time, who dispelled the silence between colonial and feminist discourses by "talking back", Bessie Head at last gets her due in this first book-length, comprehensive study of her work. This book locates Head's unquestionable importance in the canon of African literature. “A gesture of belonging: letters from Bessie Head, ”, Heinemann 22 Copy quote A discipline I have observed is an attitude of love and reverence to people.

This book is an exploration of the way in which Head's writing is her idiosyncratic response to her personal life. Her desire to portray and yet subvert oppression- political, racist, and sexist- that she encountered in South Africa and Botswana, led to a Romanticism born of her need to create an antithesis to what she perceived to be the reality around her.   Unsubscribe from Audio Book Masters? Cancel Unsubscribe. Working Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe Bessie Head: Life Part 1 - Duration: Audio Book .

  Bessie Head (–). Inspired by her own traumatic life experiences as an outcast in Apartheid South African society and as a refugee living at the Bamangwato Development Association Farm in Botswana, Head’s tough and telling classic work is set in the poverty-stricken village of Golema Mmidi, a haven to exiles.3/5(1). Born in Pietermaritzburg in , Head passed away in Since her death, the significance and influence of her life and work has been brought more starkly into focus. She is best known for three novels – When Rain Clouds Gather (), Maru () and A Question of Power (). As with the writing of Bâ and Emecheta, Head’s fiction is preoccupied with the issues, struggles and.


Share this book
You might also like
De facto school segregation.

De facto school segregation.

Nolens volens, or, The bitter bit

Nolens volens, or, The bitter bit

Outsourcing

Outsourcing

The Bishop of Huron to the clerical and lay gentlemen composing the executive committee of the synod of the diocese of Huron

The Bishop of Huron to the clerical and lay gentlemen composing the executive committee of the synod of the diocese of Huron

Stock Market

Stock Market

Review of the national ambient air quality standards for nitrogen oxides

Review of the national ambient air quality standards for nitrogen oxides

Quantum electronics

Quantum electronics

United Nations Population Fund in Papua New Guinea.

United Nations Population Fund in Papua New Guinea.

Tripple-Trapple.

Tripple-Trapple.

Australian grasses

Australian grasses

The treasure of RioVerde

The treasure of RioVerde

The Mayor

The Mayor

The life and work of Bessie Head by Mary S. Lederer Download PDF EPUB FB2

: The Life and Works of Bessie Head (): Ola, Virginia Uzoma: Books Books Go Search Hello Select your address Today's Deals Best Sellers.

Bessie Emery Head was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, the child of a wealthy white South African woman and a black servant when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa.

It was claimed that her mother was mentally ill so that she could be sent to a quiet location to give birth to Bessie without the neighbours knowing.3/5(4).

Bessie Emery Head, African writer who described the contradictions and shortcomings of pre- and postcolonial African society in morally didactic novels and stories. Head was born of an illegal union between her white mother (who was placed in a mental asylum during her pregnancy) and black father.

The career of Bessie Amelia Head (née Emery) falls naturally into three parts: first, her childhood and youth in South Africa; second, her exile in the neighboring country of Botswana; and third, her life there as a citizen of that country, tragically cut short at the age of forty-eight by hepatitis.

Life by Bessie Head Life Research Papers loos at a short story by Bessie Head about a life in a small South African village of a woman. The short story, “Life”, by Bessie Head paints a picture of life in a small South African village just outside of Johannesburg.

A Brief Sketch of the Life of Bessie Head. Bessie Amelia Head never knew her real parents — an unstable white woman and an unknown black man.

She was born and raised in apartheid South Africa. There she suffered from poverty, racial segregation, and gender discrimination. She also had to worry about her own "delicate nervous balance".

This detailed literature summary also contains Bibliography on Life by Bessie Head. During her career, Bessie Head produced a body of work that focused on essential African concerns, such as village and tribal life, the effects of colonization, mythology and witchcraft, and the oral storytelling tradition.

Life Summary & Study Guide Life Summary During her career, Bessie Head produced a body of work that focused on essential African concerns, such as village and tribal life, the effects of colonization, mythology and witchcraft, and the oral storytelling tradition. Description: This book is an exploration of the way in which Head's writing is her idiosyncratic response to her personal life.

Her desire to portray and yet subvert oppression- political, racist, and sexist- that she encountered in South Africa and Botswana, led to a Romanticism born of her need to create an antithesis to what she perceived to be the reality around her.

Works About Bessie Head. Abrahams, Cecil. The Tragic Life — Bessie Head and Literature in South Africa. Trenton: Africa World Press, Brown, Caroline. ”A Divine Madness: The Secret Language of Trauma in the Novels of Bessie Head and Calixthe Beyala”.

Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 1 () Memories of Bessie Head and her admiration for Sol T. Plaatje / Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane Bessie Head and Doris Lessing: reading and influence in fiction and autobiography / Cheryl-Ann Michael Everyone had a place in my world: Bessie Head's utopia in When rain clouds gather / Modhumita Roy.

In Life by Bessie Head we have the theme of optimism, freedom, passion, control, murder, patriarchy, pride and independence. Taken from her The Collector of Treasures collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Head may be exploring the theme of optimism.

Introduction --The question of good and evil in Head's novels --Women's roles in Head's ideal world --More than a metaphor: nature in Head's novels --Head as storoy-teller and historian --A niche for Bessie Head --Conclusion: Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta and Bessie Head --The question of authenticity.

No doubt, A Question of Power, is the most disturbing novel of Bessie Amelia Emery Head. It is a writing of "self" into a fictional narrative through Elizabeth, the most significant character. However, most readers find difficult because of its complicated and fragmented storyline(s).

It is a novel in a hurry whose plotline is unaccountably dull. About the Author Born in South Africa, Bessie Head, had a traumatic life and she drew heavily upon her experiences for her novels.

Her first novel, When Rain Clouds Gather grew out of her experience as a refugee, and was followed by Maru and A Question of Power ().5/5(1). Bessie Head: A Life of Letters In a letter to her agent, Bessie Head acknowledged that her novel, A Question of Power, had been based on her own debilitating nervous breakdown.

She had lived the experiences the book chronicled for almost three years, she explained, before typing them out. Tswana culture and values in Plaatje, Head, and McCall Smith / Grant Lilford --Continuity and roots: Bessie Head and the issue of narrative identity in fiction and autobiography / Ann Langwadt --The Black antecedents of Bessie Amelia Emery Head / Tom Holzinger --Raising hell: the body as text in selected letters of Bessie Head / Gwendolyn.

A Gesture of Belonging: Letters from Bessie Head, Bessie Head. Out of Stock. This study approaches Bessie Head not just as a successful African female novelist but as a sensitive philosopher and humanist whose works are dominated by recognizable philosophical ideas about the universal issues of love, religion, power, racism, injustice, sexual and financial exploitation, all treated in a radical way.

Her deep commitment to people and an involvement in questions of. The Life and Works of Bessie Head, by Virginia Uzoma Ola. Lewiston: Mellen, viii + 92 pp. ISBN cloth. Lewiston: Mellen, viii + 92 pp.

ISBN cloth. In the conclusion to the introductory comments about his book-length study, D. Lawrence: Novelist (), critic F. Leavis observes:Author: Linda Susan Beard.

BESSIE HEAD, one of Africa's best known writers, was born in South Africa but spent much of her life in Botswana.

She died tragically early, inleaving behind her a fine collection of literary works/5(4). Home › African Literature › Analysis of Bessie Head’s Novels. Analysis of Bessie Head’s Novels By Nasrullah Mambrol on Ma • (0).

Bessie Head’s (6 July – 17 April ) writing occupies a transitional place in African literature between the domestic, village-centered writing of the ’s and ’s and the more overtly political and urban writing—much of.The Life and Works of Bessie Head: Ola, Virginia Uzoma: Books - Skip to main content.

Try Prime EN Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Returns & Orders Try Prime Cart. Books. Go Search Hello Select your address Author: Virginia Uzoma Ola.