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Of suffocated hearts and tortured souls : seeking subjecthood through madness in francophone women's writing of Africa and the Caribbean

Author: Valérie Orlando
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bringing together elements of psychoanalytic, philosophical, and literary theory, Orlando (French, Illinois Wesleyan U.) investigates the use of madness in francophone feminist authors in Africa and the Caribbean. Issues of otherness, exile, and marginalization are examined and the contribution of these factors to madness is discussed. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Orlando, Valérie, 1963-
Of suffocated hearts and tortured souls.
Lanham : Lexington Books, ©2003
(OCoLC)606936432
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Valérie Orlando
ISBN: 0739105620 9780739105627 0739105639 9780739105634 0742521540 9780742521544 0742521559 9780742521551
OCLC Number: 50448139
Description: xviii, 197 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Writing New H(er)stories for Francophone Women of Africa and the Caribbean --
1. The Politics of Race and Patriarchy in Suzanne Lacascade's Claire-Solange, ame africaine --
2. Home Is Where I Eat My Bread: Multiculturality and Becoming Multiple in Leila Hoauri's Zeida de nulle part --
3. Self-Loathing, Self-Sacrifice: Michele Lacrosil's Cajou and Myriam Warner-Vieyria's Juletane --
4. Out(in)side the Confinement of Cultures: Marie Chauvet's Amour, Colere, et Folie and Mariama Ba's Un Chant ecarlate --
5. Rooms and Prisons, Sex and Sin: Places of Sequestration in Nina Bouraoui's La Voyeuse Interdite and Calixthe Beyala's Tu t'appelleras Tanga --
6. War, Revolution, and Family Matters: Yamina Mechakra's La Grotte eclatee and Hajer Djilani's Et Pourtant le ciel etait bleu --
7. Feminine Voices and H(er)stories: Simone Schwarz-Bart's Pluie et Vent sur Telumee Miracle and Aminata Sow Fall's Douceurs du bercail --
Epilogue: Transgressing Boundaries, Reconstructing Stories.
Responsibility: Valérie Orlando.
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