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Makena Gitobu

Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Kevin Pelletier


Numerous scholars have noted links between food and power in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions. This article aims to investigate how characters in the novel use food as a medium for subjugating others in order to gain social power. The unassuming medium of food proves useful for such a method of subjugating others stealthily yet effectively. Yet some of these ways of affirming power work through the medium of food backfires on these native Zimbabwean characters. Food arises as one of the most effective means of creating nervousness among others. It additionally reveals the complicated webs of power at play within the family of Tambu, the novel's protagonist, and how native Rhodesians inherit such methods of subjugating others from their colonial oppressors.