Kingdom in the Sky is a collection of ten stories that expose the impact and residues of the regime of Apartheid in the southern hemisphere of Africa, Lesotho. The stories are threaded together by their narrator—Qenehelo—a boy who takes care of his ill parents, and loses them at age twelve. Qenehelo takes an English Dictionary and a National Geographic Magazine, and teaches himself English. Assisted by a good-hearted Peace Corps volunteer, Qenehelo is saved and educated. The stories center around the orphaned narrator’s undertakings as he takes on adult responsibilities. This collection reveals the Boers’ oppression and duplicitous acts in the education systems, producing texts with rhetoric that repudiates native languages, undermines traditional epistemology, and misrepresents the theft of African land. With my stories, I hope to inspire struggling youth around the globe to remain strong and hopeful, and to transform their visions into reality. My intention is to help further the resistance against colonial western influence and all consequent oppression.
|Commitee:||Seyburn-Little, Patricia, Zepeda, Rafael|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Creative writing, Philosophy, British and Irish literature|
|Keywords:||Education, Lesotho, Philosophy, Post-colonialism, Power, Race|
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