Selfish Gifts: Senegalese Women's Autobiographical Discourses

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SUNY Press, Jun 8, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 197 pages
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Offering Senegalese women's autobiographical discourses as an original contribution to the critical debate about identity and self-representation, Lisa McNee asks how Senegalese women represent themselves, rather than asking who has the right to represent them. Selfish Gifts describes and analyzes the public spaces for verbal self-representation that the Wolof form of panegyric (taasu) and written autobiographies offer to women. In contrasting performances of taasu to autobiographical works written in French, McNee addresses important issues in literary criticism, folklore studies, and anthropology, and develops a theory of an African aesthetic of self-representation.
 

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Contents

Autobiographical Subjects
13
The Gift of Praise
25
Panegyrics
41
Genre and Gender in the Autobiographical Exchange
61
The Politics of Praise
79
Aborted Nations
105
Terms of Exchange
129
Selfish Gifts
147
NOTES
153
SOUND RECORDINGS
175
WORKS CITED
177
INDEX
193
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About the author (2000)

Lisa McNee is Assistant Professor of French Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

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