Your Madness, Not Mine

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Ohio University Press, Feb 28, 1999 - Social Science - 158 pages
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Women's writing in Cameroon has so far been dominated by Francophone writers. The short stories in this collection represent the yearnings and vision of an Anglophone woman, who writes both as a Cameroonian and as a woman whose life has been shaped by the minority status her people occupy within the nation-state.

The stories in Your Madness, Not Mine are about postcolonial Cameroon, but especially about Cameroonian women, who probe their day-to-day experiences of survival and empowerment as they deal with gender oppression: from patriarchal expectations to the malaise of maldevelopment, unemployment, and the attraction of the West for young Cameroonians.

Makuchi has given us powerful portraits of the people of postcolonial Africa in the so-called global village who too often go unseen and unheard.

 

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Contents

The Healer
1
Your Madness Not Mine
12
Market Scene
24
The Forest Will Claim You Too
38
Election Fever
58
American Lottery
75
Accidents Are a Sideshow
97
BayamSellam
113
Slow Poison
129
Glossary
147
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About the author (1999)

Makuchi is professor of English and Comparative Literature at North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Her publications include a book of short fiction, Your Madness, Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon, and Gender in African Women’s Writing: Identity, Sexuality, and Difference.

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