In a Zimbabwean literary landscape which, until recently, seemed strictly bifurcated – with “white” novels to one side and “black” novels on the other – the work of Angus Shaw has played a role in allowing consideration of a truly national canon. Many of the early “white” novels dating from the days of Rhodesia during the years of UDI (the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by Ian Smith’s white minority government) had plot structures and characterisations borrowed from metropolitan adventure novels. Action and an unswervingly unidirectional sense of triumph based upon moral superiority were hallmarks. After majority rule was finally won, a generation of black novelists used exactly …

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Citation:
Primorac, Ranka. "Angus Shaw". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2005
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