Opening spaces: an anthology of contemporary African women's writing

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Heinemann, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 186 pages
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African women are seldom given the space to express their concerns, their ideas and their reflections about the societies in which they live. In situations where a good woman is expected to remain silent, literature can provide an important medium for the expression of deeply-felt and sometimes shocking views. In this anthology the award-winning author Yvonne Vera brings together the stories of many talented writers from different parts of Africa. The act as witnesses to the dramas of private and public life. Their stories challenge contemporary attitudes and behaviour, leaving no room for complacency.

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User Review  - Meghan - Goodreads

I only gave this a three star because there were a few so-so stories, but overall a fantastic collection of African Women's writing. The last story in particular is very moving, I think it's called ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
The Girl Who Can
7
Deciduous Gazettes
14
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

YVONNE VERA was born and brought up in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She studied at and gained her Ph.D. from York University in Canada. She now works as the Director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. Yvonne Vera is the author of the novels Nehanda (1993), Without a Name (1994), Under the Tongue (1996), and Don't You Carve Other Animals (1992), all published by Baobab Books. (Why Don't You Carve Other Animals was first published by TSAR Publications, Toronto.) Without a Name and Under the Tongue both won first prize in the Zimbabwe Publishers' Literary Awards of 1995 and 1997 respectively. Under the Tongue won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region). Yvonne Vera won the Swedish literary award The Voice of Africa 1999.

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