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Author Mutunda, Sylvester N., author

Title Descriptions of masculinity in African women's creative writing : Mariama Bâ, Philomème Bassek, Delphine Zanga Tsogo, Calixthe Beyala, Aminata Sow Fall / Sylvester N. Mutunda ; with a foreword by Alexis Brooks de Vita
Published Lewiston : Edwin Mellen Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 141 pages)
Summary This is the most important book on how female African novelists depict masculine archetypes, and how male characters are shaped through the gaze of a female author. Masculinity has been a buzzword of recent African gender scholarship, although very little work has been done in this area. Emerging studies have discussed how men are depicted in African culture, but this will be the first book length study of masculinity in Sub-Saharan African Literature by female authors. Less attention has been given to masculinity in literature, and this is the first book to discuss how female authors depict, and perhaps romanticize masculine archetypes they wish men would embody. Within the confines of traditional African culture, it is difficult for men to show compassionate or emotional sides of their character. These qualities are viewed as feminine, and thereby a sign of weakness. Yet these women writers all call into question the predominant stereotypes and behaviors associated with macho-masculinity. The emphasis in this study lies in how men are shaped in relation to their female counterparts, and viewed through the gaze of a female author. Publisher
Bibliography Includes blbliographical references (pages 124-136) and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 29, 2016)
Subject Bassek, Philomène M., 1957- -- Criticism and interpretation
Bâ, Mariama -- Criticism and interpretation
Beyala, Calixthe -- Criticism and interpretation
Fall, Aminata Sow -- Criticism and interpretation
Zanga Tsogo, Delphine, 1935- -- Criticism and interpretation
Bâ, Mariama.
Beyala, Calixthe.
Fall, Aminata Sow.
Zanga Tsogo, Delphine, 1935-
African literature (French) -- Women authors -- History and criticism
African literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Masculinity in literature
African literature (French) -- Women authors.
African literature -- Women authors.
Masculinity in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0779980069 electronic bk
9780779980062 electronic bk