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Author Almeida, Irene Assiba d'.
Title Francophone African women writers : destroying the emptiness of silence / Irene Assiba d'Almeida.
Imprint Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 1994.

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Author Almeida, Irene Assiba d'.
Subject African literature (French) -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Feminism and literature -- Africa -- History.
Women and literature -- Africa -- History.
Women -- Africa -- Intellectual life.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 222 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-213) and index.
Summary French-speaking African women traditionally expressed their creativity through oral storytelling. Previously silent in print, today they also speak through the written word, and their stories constitute one of the most significant recent developments in African literature.
Irene Assiba d'Almeida dates this emerging phenomenon to 1969, the year Kuoh-Moukouri's Rencontres essentielles was published. A few more books by women were published in the '70s, followed by a creative explosion in the '80s that d'Almeida describes as a militant feminist appropriation of the written word. D'Almeida's book, the first single-author critical study in English of literary expression by Francophone African women, examines novels and autobiographies by nine new and established writers, all published since 1975. She finds that writing has liberated Francophone African women. They use it to critique the patriarchal order, to champion the cause of women and the community, and to preserve positive aspects of tradition.
D'Almeida divides her analysis into sections on three aspects of literary production. The first deals with autobiography and begins with A Dakar Childhood, by Nafissatou Diallo, the first Francophone African woman to write her own life history. The section also examines The Abandoned Baobab, by Ken Bugul, a book that broke sexual taboos, and My Country, Africa, by Andree Blouin. In the second section the author looks at women and the family, including problems related to "compulsory" motherhood. She discusses Your Name Will Be Tanga, by Calixthe Beyala, Cries and Fury of Women, by Angele Rawiri (both published only in French), and Scarlet Song, by Mariama Ba. The third section, "W/Riting Change: Women as Social Critics," discusses the ways female novelists link problems that affect women's lives to those affecting society at large. It examines works in French by Werewere Liking, Aminata Sow Fall, and Veronique Tadjo.
Contents Prise d'ecriture. Feminist/Misovire Consciousness. Remarks on Methodology -- Ch. 1. The Self: Autobiography as De/couverte. Nafissatou Diallo: A Legacy for the Future. Ken Bugul: The Process of Self-Discovery. Andree Blouin: Growing Up as a Metisse in Colonial Africa -- Ch. 2. Speaking Up, Disclosing Family Life. Calixthe Beyala: Becoming a Woman/Resisting "Womanhood"? Angele Rawiri: "I Have Children, Therefore I Am" Mariama Ba: Intersections of Gender, Race, Class, and Culture -- Ch. 3. W/Riting Change: Women as Social Critics. Werewere Liking: Initiation as a Tool for Social Change. Aminata Sow Fall: Political Responsibilities. Veronique Tadjo: Toward a Loftier Ideal -- Conclusion: "It will take a long time, but the story must be told."
Note Print version record.
English.
ISBN 0585200289 (electronic bk.)
9780585200286 (electronic bk.)
081301302X
9780813013022
081301302X
OCLC # 44955408
Additional Format Print version: Almeida, Irene Assiba d'. Francophone African women writers. Gainesville : University Press of Florida, 1994 081301302X (DLC) 94026083 (OCoLC)30701697
Table of Contents
 Preface 
 Introduction1
  Prise d'ecriture1
  Feminist/Misovire Consciousness11
  Remarks on Methodology23
Ch. 1The Self: Autobiography as De/couverte32
  Nafissatou Diallo: A Legacy for the Future36
  Ken Bugul: The Process of Self-Discovery44
  Andree Blouin: Growing Up as a Metisse in Colonial Africa55
Ch. 2Speaking Up, Disclosing Family Life71
  Calixthe Beyala: Becoming a Woman/Resisting "Womanhood"?72
  Angele Rawiri: "I Have Children, Therefore I Am"87
  Mariama Ba: Intersections of Gender, Race, Class, and Culture98
Ch. 3W/Riting Change: Women as Social Critics123
  Werewere Liking: Initiation as a Tool for Social Change125
  Aminata Sow Fall: Political Responsibilities140
  Veronique Tadjo: Toward a Loftier Ideal154
 Conclusion: "It will take a long time, but the story must be told."169
 Notes179
 Bibliography199
 Index215


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