The Nation Writ Small: African Fictions and Feminisms, 1958-1988 (BOK)

Susan Z. Andrade

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In The Nation Writ Small, Susan Z. Andrade focuses on the work of Africa's first post-independence generation of novelists, explaining why male writers came to be seen as the voice of Africa's new nation-states, and why African women writers' commentary on national politics was overlooked. Since Africa's early female novelists tended to write about the family, while male authors often explicitly addressed national politics, it was assumed that the women writers were uninterested in the nation and the public sphere. Challenging that notion, Andrade argues that the female authors engaged national politics through allegory. In their work, the family stands for the nation; it is the nation writ small. Interpreting fiction by women, as well as several feminist male authors, she analyzes novels by Flora Nwapa and Buchi Emecheta (Nigeria); novellas by Ousmane Sembene, Mariama Ba, and Aminata Sow Fall (Senegal); and Bildungsromans by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), Nuruddin Farah (Somalia), and Assia Djebar (Algeria). Andrade reveals Africa's early women novelists' influence on later generations of female authors, and she highlights the moment when African women began to write about macro-politics explicitly rather than allegorically.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Susan Z. Andrade
Forlag
Combined Academic Publishers
ISBN 9780822349211
Antall sider 272 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 340 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: post-colonial literature