A Rain of Words: A Bilingual Anthology of Women's Poetry in Francophone Africa

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Irène Assiba d'. Almeida
University of Virginia Press, 2009 - African poetry (French) - 293 pages

Although the past two decades have seen a wide recognition of the notable fiction written in French by African women, little attention has been given to their equally significant poetry. A Rain of Words is the first comprehensive attempt to survey the poetic production of these women, collecting work by forty-seven poets from a dozen francophone African countries. Some are established writers; others are only beginning to publish their work. Almost none of the poems here have been published outside of Africa or Europe or been previously translated into English. The poems are accompanied by brief biographies of the poets. Supplementing these are a critical introductory essay by Irène Assiba d'Almeida that places women's poetry in the context of recent African history, characterizes its thematic and aesthetic features, and traces the process by which the anthology was compiled and edited, an essay by Janis A. Mayes discussing language politics, the cultural contexts within which the poetry emerges, and literary translation strategies, and an extensive bibliography.

This landmark bilingual collection--the result of ten years of research, collection, editing, and translation--offers readers of English and French entry into a flourishing and essential genre of contemporary African literature.

Contents

BERTHEEVELYNE AGBO BENIN
3
DOMINIQUE AGUESSY BENINSENEGAL
9
ASSAMALA AMOI CÔTE DIVOIRE
19
EDWIGE ARABA APLOGAN BENIN
27
AMINATA ATHIE MAURITANIA
33
ANGÈLE BASSOLÉOUÉDRAOGO BURKINA FASO
39
SOKHNA BENGA SENEGAL
49
TANELLA BONI CÔTE DIVOIRE
59
RAMATOULAYE diouf senegal
137
JÉMIMA FIADJOEPRINCE AGBODJAN TOGO
147
MONIQUE ILBOUDO BURKINA FASO
159
SANDRA PIERRETTE KANZIÉ BURKINA FASO
167
WEREWERE LIKING CAMEROON
177
HORTENSE MAYABA BENIN
187
MAME SECK MBacké Senegal
191
JEANNE NGO MAI CAMEROON
205

IRÈNE ASSIBA DALMEIDA BENINUSA
75
BERNADETTE DAO BURKINA FASO
87
MARIE CLAIRE dati CAMEROON
93
MADELEINE DE LALLÉ BURKINA FASO
99
OUMOU DEMBÉlé mali
105
FATOU BINETOu diagne senegal
113
KOUMANTHIO ZEINAB DIALLO GUINEA
125
NAFISSATOU Dia Diouf Senegal
131
ANNETTE PEMBÉ CAMEROON
219
FATOUMATA SANO SISSOKO GUINEA
233
VÉRONIQUE TADJO CÔTE DIVOIRE
243
OUMY BAALA THIONGANE Senegal
259
SHAÏDA ZAROUMEY NIGER
275
Copyright Acknowledgments
287
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