Juju Fission: Women's Alternative Fictions from the Sahara, the Kalahari, and the Oases In-between

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Peter Lang, 2007 - Literary Collections - 317 pages
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Women, especially leaders, holding t te- -t tes with men to address political impasses have been recognized as shrewd, double headed, or witchlike distinctions that link them with juju or extraordinary, survivalist powers. Juju Fission: Women's Alternative Fictions from the Sahara, the Kalahari, and the Oases In-Between is a theoretical and analytical book on African women writers that focuses on seven representative novels from different parts of Africa: Bessie Head's Maru (South Africa/Botswana); Nawal El Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero (Egypt); Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy; or Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint and Changes (Ghana); Assia Djebar's A Sister to Scheherazade (Algeria); Calixthe Beyala's The Sun Hath Looked Upon Me (Cameroon); and Yvonne Vera's Nehanda (Zimbabwe). In her analysis, Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi demonstrates how women are viewed and how they operate in critical times. Ogunyemi explains how the heritage is passed on, in spite of dire situations emanating from colonialism, postcolonialism, ethnicism, sexism, and grinding poverty. An important contribution to many fields, Juju Fission is excellent background material for courses on African studies, women's studies, African Diaspora studies, black studies, global studies, and general literature studies.
 

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Contents

The Office and Science
9
Speaking in Tropes
39
A Juju Ambiance
51
Bessie
89
Nawal El Saadawis
113
A Thousand and One African Days
149
Assia Djebars A Sister
189
The Lock and Key to Sorority
215
Altering the Alter Natives
222
Bastardy and Cultural Hybridism
254
The Clean Silent Space in the Whirlwind
260
Reflections from the Mudzimuthe Spiritual Shadow
276
The Paper This Time
282
Bibliography
301
Index
313
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The Author: Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi is Professor of Literature and Founding Chair of Global Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York. The author of Africa Wo/Man Palava: The Nigerian Novel by Women (1996) as well as a study of Richard Wright's Black Boy, Ogunyemi has numerous publications, some of which focus on theoretical issues around womanism.

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