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The Hairdresser of Harare, Questioning Gender and Sexuality in a Zimbabwean Novel

Le Meilleur Coiffeur d’Harare : genre et sexualité dans un roman zimbabwéen

Abstract

As gay characters have been rather rare in Zimbabwean literature, Tendai Huchu’s first novel, The Hairdresser of Harare has attracted a lot of attention when it was published in 2010. The story of Vimbai, a single mother who dreams of owning her own salon, and Dumisani, her friend who tries to hide his sexual preferences, thus works as a catalyst to explore different aspects of a society in crisis. For those reasons, the author has been both praised and criticized. In this article, I argue that, in the novel, the depiction of homosexuality is closely related to the use of popular literary genres like the romance novel.

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hal-04252221 , version 1 (20-10-2023)

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Pierre Leroux. The Hairdresser of Harare, Questioning Gender and Sexuality in a Zimbabwean Novel. Itinéraires. Littérature, textes, cultures, 2019, 2019-1, ⟨10.4000/itineraires.6058⟩. ⟨hal-04252221⟩
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