(Spring 1993):309-319. [This interview was conducted at the African Writers Festival, Brown Univ., Nov. 1991] Excerpt from Introduction: "Written when the author was twenty-five, Nervous Conditions put Dangarembga at the forefront of the younger generation of African writers producing literature in English today....Nervous Conditions highlights that which is often effaced in postcolonial African literature in English--the representation of young African girls and women as worthy subjects of literature.
strange environment in Northern Lights by Philip Pullman and Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga is an essential part of each plot. It is the physical journey of both Lyra and Tambu that allows them to gain knowledge, learn about the world through experience and grow as individuals. Both protagonists are female, and because of this we see the theme of gender inequality developed in each novel, most profoundly in Nervous Conditions. Education is restricted, for the most part, to males in both