Rethinking Marriage in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures

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Lexington Books, Feb 8, 2008 - Social Science - 202 pages
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Rethinking Marriage in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures analyzes novels and films that demonstrate how marriage affects Francophone African and Caribbean women in their respective societies. It argues that marriage serves as a catalyst for intense identity formation because it functions as a narrative intersection for a number of overlapping themes on gender and the body, class and economics, religion, interracial and intercultural identity and nation building. Marriage provides a narrative space for commentary on cultural practices presented in the works in question as the foundations of cultural identity.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 01 Marriage and Gender Politics
13
Chapter 02 Marriage Sexuality and the Body
31
Chapter 03 Marriage and Motherhood
53
Chapter 04 Marriage Religion and Polygyny
65
Chapter 05 Polygyny AIDS Sexuality and Status
95
Chapter 06 Marriage Métissage and Identity
113
Chapter 07 Women Marriage and National Identity
141
Marriage A Viable Option
167
Bibliography
171
Index
183
About the Author
191
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CZcile Accilien is assistant professor of French & Francophone literatures at Columbus State University.

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