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African Women Writing Resistance is the first transnational anthology to focus on women’s strategies of resistance to the challenges they face in Africa today.  The anthology brings together personal narratives, testimony, interviews, short stories, poetry, performance scripts, folktales, and lyrics. Thematically organized, it presents women’s writing on such issues as intertribal and interethnic conflicts, the degradation of the environment, polygamy, domestic abuse, the controversial traditional practice of female genital cutting, Sharia law, intergenerational tensions, and emigration and exile.
    Contributors include internationally recognized authors and activists such as Wangari Maathai and Nawal El Saadawi, as well as a host of vibrant new voices from all over the African continent and from the African diaspora. Interdisciplinary in scope, this collection provides an excellent introduction to contemporary African women’s literature and highlights social issues that are particular to Africa but are also of worldwide concern.  It is an essential reference for students of African studies, world literature, anthropology, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, and women’s studies.
 
 
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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Preface: Roots of the Collection
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Foreword: A Song in Seven Stanzas for Our Granddaughters
  2. pp. xix-xxi
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  1. African Women Writing Resistance: An Introduction
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. Part 1. Engaging with Tradition
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. The Day When God Changed His Mind
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. The Old Woman
  2. pp. 22-26
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  1. Interview with Kaya a Mbaya (Congo), a Babongo Woman
  2. pp. 27-32
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  1. Interview with Elisabeth Bouanga (Congo-Brazzaville): Remembrance of Things Past
  2. pp. 33-38
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  1. Part 2. Speaking Out: Young Women on Sexuality
  2. pp. 39-41
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  1. Woman Weep No More
  2. pp. 43-49
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  1. Letters to My Cousin
  2. pp. 50-58
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  1. Story of Faith
  2. pp. 59-74
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  1. Lovesung for a Father, with Poet’s Note
  2. pp. 75-83
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  1. It’s Not Rape If . . .
  2. p. 84
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  1. To Be or Not to Be a Lesbian: The Dilemma of Cameroon’s Women Soccer Players
  2. pp. 85-89
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  1. My Name Is Kasha
  2. pp. 90-92
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  1. Cosmo Africa and Other Poems
  2. pp. 93-95
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  1. Part 3. Challenging the Institution of Marriage
  2. pp. 97-99
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  1. Child
  2. pp. 101-103
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  1. Hailstones on Zamfara
  2. pp. 104-117
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  1. The Good Woman
  2. pp. 118-130
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  1. Ngomwa
  2. pp. 131-139
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  1. They Came in the Morning
  2. pp. 140-148
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  1. The Battle of the Words: Oratory as Women’s Tool of Resistance to the Challenges of Polygamy in Contemporary Wolof Society
  2. pp. 149-166
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  1. Part 4. Focusing on Survival: Women’s Health Issues
  2. pp. 167-169
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  1. Tell Me Why: Two Poems
  2. pp. 171-173
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  1. Surviving Me
  2. pp. 174-191
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  1. The Struggle to End the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation
  2. pp. 192-197
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  1. Slow Poison
  2. pp. 198-209
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  1. Just Keep Talking: Two Poems
  2. pp. 210-211
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  1. Tell Me a Lie
  2. pp. 212-213
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  1. Prayers and Meditation Heal Despair
  2. pp. 214-217
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  1. Part 5. Taking a Stand: Women as Activists against War, Environmental Degradation, and Social Conflict
  2. pp. 219-221
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  1. A Poem Written in the Ink of the Blood Shed in Rwanda, with Poet’s Note
  2. pp. 223-227
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  1. Excerpt from Biography of Ash
  2. pp. 228-234
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  1. Women’s Responses to State Violence in the Niger Delta
  2. pp. 235-247
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  1. Excerpt from Child Soldier: Fighting for My Life
  2. pp. 248-258
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  1. Don’t Get Mad, Get Elected! A Conversation with Activist Wangari Maathai (Kenya)
  2. pp. 259-263
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  1. Part 6. Writing from a Different Place: Perspectives on Exile and Diaspora
  2. pp. 265-266
  1. Musings of an African Woman: Excerpts from a Memoir in Progress
  2. pp. 267-272
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  1. A Moroccan Woman in the Glocal Village: Reflections on Islam, Identity, and Cultural Legacies
  2. pp. 273-280
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  1. Knowing Your Place
  2. pp. 281-284
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  1. Letter to Clara
  2. pp. 285-291
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  1. Part 7. Standing at the Edge of Time: African Women’s Visions of the Past, Present, and Future
  2. pp. 293-294
  1. “We Are Our Grandmothers’ Dreams”: African Women Envision the Future
  2. pp. 295-312
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  1. Liberation
  2. pp. 313-314
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  1. Suggestions for Further Reading
  2. pp. 315-325
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 327-337
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780299236632
Related ISBN(s)
9780299236649
MARC Record
OCLC
858859233
Pages
359
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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