Representing, Conserving and celebrating nature: An analysis of Chifunyise’s Takura and The Talking Branch: A Collection of Traditional Stories on the Environment

Anna Chitando, Angeline M Madongonda

Abstract


In Zimbabwe, children’s literature is an evolving, yet very crucial discipline that deals with topical issues such as language,
identity, culture, environmentalism and sustainable development. Located within the discourse on Zimbabwean
literature, this study argues that Zimbabwean children’s literature has not received adequate scholarly reflections, yet it
deals with critical issues, just like adult literature. The study appreciates positive developments in Zimbabwean children’s
literature by paying particular attention to Stephen Chifunyise’s Takura and the Talking Branch: A Collection of
Traditional Stories on the Environment (1995). Informed by Glotfelty and Fromm’s theory of eco-criticism (1996), the
study argues that children’s literature promotes environmental consciousness. The research critiques Chifunyise’s depiction
of the themes of environmentalism and sustainable development in Takura and the Talking Branch: A Collection
of Traditional Stories on the Environment.

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