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Author Almeida, Irène Assiba d'.

Title Francophone African women writers : destroying the emptiness of silence / Irène Assiba d'Almeida
Published Gainesville : University Press of Florida, [1994]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 222 pages) : illustrations
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."
Summary 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
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
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-213) and index
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Subject African literature (French) -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Feminism and literature -- Africa -- History.
Women and literature -- Africa -- History.
Women -- Africa -- Intellectual life.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585200289 (electronic bk.)
9780585200286 (electronic bk.)