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African women writing resistance : an anthology of contemporary voices

Author: Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez; et al
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©2010.
Series: Women in Africa and the diaspora.
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This work is a transnational anthology that focuses on women'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 women's writing on such issues as intertribal and interethnic conflicts, the degradation of the environment,  Read more...
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African women writing resistance.
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, c2010
(DLC) 2009046345
(OCoLC)475442907
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez; et al
ISBN: 9780299236632 0299236633
OCLC Number: 664555999
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 337 p.)
Contents: pt. 1. Engaging with tradition --
pt. 2. Speaking out : young women on sexuality --
pt. 3. Challenging the institution of marriage --
pt. 4. Focusing on survival : women's health issues --
pt. 5. Taking a stand : women as activists against war, environmental degradation, and social conflict --
pt. 6. Writing from a different place : perspectives on exile and diaspora --
pt. 7. Standing at the edge of time : African women's visions of the past, present, and future.
Series Title: Women in Africa and the diaspora.
Responsibility: edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez ... [et al.].

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This work is a transnational anthology that focuses on women'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 women'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 new voices from all over the African continent and from the African diaspora. Interdisciplinary in scope, this collection provides an introduction to contemporary African women's literature and highlights social issues that are particular to Africa but are also of worldwide concern.

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"Deeply personal and accessible. "African Women Writing Resistance" is a timely contribution, capturing a diverse range of responses to the struggles of African women today."--Carole Boyce Davies, Read more...

 
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