In 1993, in her influential sociology of Zimbabwean writing, Flora Veit-Wild asserted that black and white Zimbabwean literary traditions stemmed from ‘‘completely different social and political background[s]’’ (Veit-Wild, 1993, p. 6) and could therefore not be studied alongside each other. In 2005, in contrast, Kizito Muchemwa examined a selection of texts belonging to both traditions and stated: ‘‘although emerging from traditions that differ in style, [these texts] address the same historical experience’’ (Muchemwa, 2005, p. 202).