Alienation and Identity Crisis in Fictional Characters in Joseph Diescho’s Troubled Waters

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Max Mhene


This paper examines the various forms of alienation and identity in Joseph Diescho’s Troubled Waters.   According to Hussam, (2013), Alienation and Identity Crisis form the subject of many psychological, sociological, literary and philosophical studies. Hussam (2013) goes on to say that these are major themes of human condition in the contemporary epoch.  It is hoped that the paper, will help students, researchers and teachers in enhancing interest and encouraging them to explore Alienation and Identity Crisis in any genres of their interests. The paper will therefore look at the plot,  Diescho’s technique and a concluding remark on the novel as a whole, major characters associated with alienation and identity crisis and an analysis on the objectives in this paper. The two main objectives in this paper are: To identify and examine how Joseph Diescho presents the concept of alienation and identity crisis in Troubled Waters and to examine the experiences of the major characters in Troubled Waters and extract lessons learnt.

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Mhene, M. (2023). Alienation and Identity Crisis in Fictional Characters in Joseph Diescho’s Troubled Waters. NAWA Journal of Language and Communication, 16(2), 42–55.
Author Biography

Max Mhene, Namibia University of Science and Technology

Dr Max Mhene is currently working at NUST as a Lecturer in English, Literature, and Communication. He has been in the teaching profession for 40 years, 11 of these at tertiary (NUST) and the other 29 in High Schools in Zimbabwe and Namibia respectively. Dr Mhene holds the following qualifications: Ph.D. (Literature), MPhil (Second Language Acquisition), B.Ed Honours (English and Literature), Diploma in Classroom Text and Discourse (English, Literature, and Communication) Teachers’ Certificate in Education (English and Literature), Certificate in Study Technology (Hubbard study skill). Dr Mhene’s interests are in curriculum development and produced many study guides and teaching materials for NAMCOL (Namibia), UNAM (Namibia), NUST (Namibia), Ministry of Education, teachers’ literature materials for higher level English (Omusati, Khomas, Erongo, and Zambezi).


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