African Women Writing Resistance

African Women Writing Resistance

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African Women Writing Resistance is the first transnational anthology to focus on womena€™s strategies of resistance to the challenges they face in Africa today. The anthology brings together personal narratives, testimony, interviews, short stories, poetry, performance scripts, folktales, and lyrics. Thematically organized, it presents womena€™s writing on such issues as intertribal and interethnic conflicts, the degradation of the environment, polygamy, domestic abuse, the controversial traditional practice of female genital cutting, Sharia law, intergenerational tensions, and emigration and exile. Contributors include internationally recognized authors and activists such as Wangari Maathai and Nawal El Saadawi, as well as a host of vibrant new voices from all over the African continent and from the African diaspora. Interdisciplinary in scope, this collection provides an excellent introduction to contemporary African womena€™s literature and highlights social issues that are particular to Africa but are also of worldwide concern. It is an essential reference for students of African studies, world literature, anthropology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, and womena€™s studies. A Choice Outstanding Academic Book Outstanding Book, selected by the Public Library Association Best Books for High Schools, Best Books for Special Interests, and Best Books for Professional Use, selected by the American Association of School LibrariesI can recall feelings of shame when called upon in class to enunciate my a€œfull namea€ or to tell my teachers what my middle initial, D, stood for. ... I would think to myself that they would do the same if they had names like mine, which meant a€œ gravestone. ... Although in my case I wouldna#39;t be actually changing my name, I would only be reclaiming what has been mine all along, the name that shame andanbsp;...

Title:African Women Writing Resistance
Author:Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Pauline Dongala, Omotayo Jolaosho, Anne Serafin
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Press - 2010-08-19


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