Prof. Dr. Kyallo Wadi Wamitila

A philosophical labyrinth: tracing two critical motifs in Kezilahabi´s prose works

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Kurzfassung in Englisch

This study aims at studying one of the most important contemporary Kiswahili writers: Euphrase Kezilahabi. In a way this paper can be seen as a continuation of my earlier articles on the same writer. It is definitely different from the other ones though a certain thread links them: the interest in Kezilahabi`s philosophy. In this paper my interest is with two main motifs namely contemptus mundi and carpe diem. Contemptus mundi is a Latin expression for contemptible world, world as a bad place and one that is perceived contemptuously. I intend to explore the said motifs in Kezilahabi\'s prose works: Rosa Mistika, Kichwamaji, Gamba la Nyoka, Dunia Uwanja wa Fujo, Nagana and Mzingile. The latter two works are slightly short, lacking the novel length of the other four works. I do not, however, want to entangle myself in the polemics of genre as to what a novel or novella is. I will, however, regard the two as novellas at least by the virtue of their length.

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Erschienen in Swahili-Forum - 5.1998
Swahili, Afrikanische Literatur, Euphrase Kezilahabi, Philosophie
Swahili, African literature, Euphrase Kezilahabi, philosophy
SWD SchlagworteSwahili, Außereuropäische Literatur, Kezilahabi, Euphrase
DDC Klassifikation496
Beteiligte Institution(en) 
HochschuleUniversity of Nairobi
HochschuleUniversität zu Köln
FakultätInsitut für Afrikanistik
Veröffentlichungsdatum (online)09.08.2012
persistente URNurn:nbn:de:bsz:15-qucosa-93522
QuelleSwahili Forum 5 (1998), S. 79-91

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