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Writing African Women

Gender, Popular Culture and Literature in West Africa. African Culture Archive

Edited by Stephanie Newell
Foreword by Wendy Griswold
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Published: 15th Jun 2017
Dimensions: w 140mm h 222mm
ISBN-10: 1786990695
ISBN-13: 9781786990693
Barcode No: 9781786990693
How does our understanding of Africa shift when we begin from the perspective of women? What can the African perspective offer theories of culture and of gender difference? This work, as unique and insightful today as when it was first published, brings together a wide variety of African academics and other researchers to explore the links between literature, popular culture and theories of gender. Beginning with a ground-breaking overview of African gender theory, the book goes on to analyse women's writing, uncovering the ways different writers have approached issues of female creativity and colonial history, as well as the ways in which they have subverted popular stereotypes around African women. The contributors also explore the related gender dynamics of mask performance and oral story-telling. This major analysis of gender in popular and postcolonial cultural production remains essential reading for students and academics in women's studies, cultural studies and literature.

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`Clear, informed thinking about the gendered nexus of culture and power is needed more than ever. The new publication of Newell's collection is an event to be applauded, and its contents to be pondered.'

Wendy Griswold, from the Foreword