The works listed will allow your students to further explore the theme
of Personal Freedom in an Oppressive Culture and other themes related
to Nervous Conditions:
Alkali, Zaynab. The Stillborn. Massachusetts: Addison, 1995 (originally
published 1984). This novel focuses on an adolescent girl and her dream
of independence. It illustrates how women's hopes often die in a patriarchal
society. The Stillborn won the Nigerian Authors' Prose Prize for 1985.
Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John. New York: Farrar, 1985. This novel
tells of a young girl growing up on Antigua, a Caribbean island, and
presents her thoughts and feelings about her friends and family as she
grows into adolescence and womanhood. (easy)
Lessing, Doris. The Grass Is Singing. New York: Popular Library,
1976 (originally published 1950). An early work by Lessing, it unfolds
the relationship between a white South African woman and her black "houseboy."
The book is a commentary on race relations in colonial Africa. (challenge)
Lessing, Doris. African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe. New
York: Harper, 1992. In this book, Lessing recounts her observations
and experiences during four visits to Zimbabwe between 1982 and 1992.
North, James. Freedom Rising. New York: Macmillan, 1985. An eyewitness
account of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and of Rhodesia's
fight to become Zimbabwe. (average)
Palmer, Robin, and Isobel Birch. Zimbabwe, A Land Divided. Oxford:
Oxfam, 1992. A lively, brief, and well-illustrated depiction of the
culture and society in Zimbabwe. (average)