And I am in the world as free and slender as a deer on the plain.
Clarice Lispector , Near to the Wild Heart
There cannot be a world literature, nor a “republic of letters” without a notion of foreignness. 1 By foreignness, I am referring neither to a writer’s immigration
produced by the Indian community in Zimbabwe, the article questions the mainstream approaches to Zimbabwean history. It interrogates the role that competing conceptions of, and contestations over foreignness played in the making of Southern Rhodesia. In doing so, the article begins with a brief discussion