Women writers in Francophone Africa
In the rapidly growing field of African literature in French, writing by women has largely been ignored. This book, the first comprehensive study of women's writing in francophone sub-Saharan Africa, redressess the critical imbalance and celebrates the originality of this fascinating new literature. Considering questions of genre and ideology, the author highlights the tension between the individualistic act of writing and the collective tradition of African society - a tension which emerges as the key to each of the texts discussed. Focusing on four major authors - Mariama B', Aminata Sow Fall, Werewere Liking and Calixthe Beyala, each with an international reputation - the book uses a feminist approach to consider the duality of the African woman, who is often torn between modernity and tradition. This duality, the author suggests, is reconfigured through fictional writings which provide a space for alternative female subjectivities to emerge.
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Abidjan Adele King African literature African women's writing Afrique Akissi Aminata Sow Fall amour-cent-vies Anne-Marie Adiaffi Aoua Asseze Ateba autobiography Ba's baobab baobab fou Beyala's fiction Borgomano brulee c'est Calixthe Beyala Cazenave chant ecarlate Chapter corail critics cultural D'Almeida d'une Dakar Delali desire Diallo Diattou discussion etait Etrange heritage etre female feminism Feminist Aesthetics femme Francophone African Women Gallimore gender genre greve des Bdttu identify Ken Bugul L'Harmattan language Liking's literary longue lettre male Mariama Ba masculine Megri meme Mireille mother Naarou narrative narrator Ngaremba noire Nouvelles Editions Africaines novel Ousmane Paris parole patriarchal Peter Hawkins protagonist published qu'elle qu'il Ramatoulaye role Romancieres romantic Salla Senegalese sera dejaspe sexual silence Simone Kaya social society soleil solidarity Sorraya Sow Fall's structures Sub-Saharan Africa suggests Tacko Tanella Boni Tanga Tilene au Plateau toubab tout traditional voice Volet Werewere Western woman writing in French Yama Yande