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Selfish gifts : Senegalese women's autobiographical discourses

Author: Lisa McNee
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, 2000.
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"Offering Senegalese women's autobiographical discourses as an original contribution to the critical debate about identity and self-representation, Lisa McNee asks how Senegalese women represent themselves, rather than asking who has the right to represent them. Selfish Gifts describes and analyzes the public spaces for verbal self-representation that the Wolof form of panegyric (taasu) and written autobiographies  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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McNee, Lisa.
Selfish gifts.
Albany : State University of New York Press, 2000
(DLC) 99039903
(OCoLC)42009350
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa McNee
ISBN: 0585300380 9780585300382
OCLC Number: 45733784
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 197 pages)
Contents: Autobiographical subjects --
The gift of praise --
Panegyrics --
Genre and gender in the autobiographical exchange --
The politics of praise --
Aborted nations --
Terms of exchange --
Selfish gifts.
Responsibility: Lisa McNee.

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"Offering Senegalese women's autobiographical discourses as an original contribution to the critical debate about identity and self-representation, Lisa McNee asks how Senegalese women represent themselves, rather than asking who has the right to represent them. Selfish Gifts describes and analyzes the public spaces for verbal self-representation that the Wolof form of panegyric (taasu) and written autobiographies offer to women. In contrasting performances of taasu to autobiographical works written in French, McNee addresses important issues in literary criticism, folklore studies, and anthropology, and develops a theory of an African aesthetic of self-representation."--Jacket.

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