Violence in Francophone African and Caribbean Women's Literature
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of Nebraska Press
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Introduction: Geographies of Pain
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ï»¿By sharing a history dominated by the violent disruptions of slavery, colonialism, and latent neocolonialism, African and Caribbean peoples belong to what FrancÌ§oise Lionnet calls âgeographies of pain.â1 Caribbeanist Jack Corzani identifies various forms of this historical violence. ...
1. Exclusion as Violence: Frantz Fanon, Black Women, and Colonial Violence
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Critical studies of African and Caribbean women writing remain scarce.1 The reasons for this absence are twofold. First, at the beginning of the formation of African literary studies in the mid-twentieth century, there were relatively few women writers in Africa and the Caribbean. ...
2. Representing Colonial Violence: MichÃ¨le Lacrosil's Cajou, Ken Bugul's, Le Baobab fou, and Ousmane SembÃ¨ne's La noire de . . .
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In this chapter, I posit that the selected works by MicheÌle Lacrosil, Ken Bugul, and Ousmane SembeÌne complicate Fanonâs formula for colonial violence by offering a specifically female perspective on the experience and legacy of colonialismâs brutality. This chapter discusses these...
3. Writing Familial Violence: Storytelling and Integrational Violence in Simone Schwarz-Bart's Pluie et vent sur TÃ©lumÃ©e Miracle and Calixthe Beyla's Tu t'appelleras Tanga
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In her article âSheroes and Villains: Conceptualizing Colonial and Contemporary Violence against Women in Africa,â Amina Mama locates the source of contemporary African models of patriarchal violence in colonial states. These states not only used the famous colonial formula...
4. Sites of Violence: Language, the Body, and Women's Deterritorialization in GisÃ¨le Pineau's L'espÃ©rance-macadam Calixthe Beyala's C'est le soleil qui m'a brÃ»lÃ©e
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Calixthe Beyala and GiseÌle Pineau explore further the concept of âgeographies of painâ by depicting intimate space, language, and the body as sites of pain, exile, and resistance to violence.1 In the tradition of womenâs literature, the two writers turn their attention to internal...
5. War and Political Violence
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In this chapter, I examine how women writers redefine war in their writing about political violence. The term war normally refers to a âhostile contention by means of armed forces, carried on between nations, states, or rulers, or between parties in the same nation or state...
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As African and Caribbean writings become ever more intimistes (intimist)âas authors present more intimate and deeply private topics â an examination of the subject of violence and particularly its gendered form in literature is crucial to the understanding of Francophone women writers. ...
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Publication Year: 2009