Lexia: Undergraduate Journal in Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication


In this literary analysis written for WRTC 486: Writing in the Community, Terry Adams examines the ways in which Tsitsi’s novel Nervous Conditions both reinforces and undermines the conventions of the classical bildungsroman. Drawing upon scholarship in girlhood studies, the theme of his Writing in the Community class, Adams offers nuanced analysis of the novel’s plot structure and characterization with an aim of demonstrating how genre classification often falls short when applied to post-colonial literature.

Course Number

WRTC 486

Course Title

Writing in the Community

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