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Title:Gender issues in African literature
Editors:Ce, Chin
Smith, CharlesISNI
Series:African library of critical writing
City of publisher:Milton Keynes
Publisher:Ligthning Source
ISBN:9783708546; 9789783708549
Geographic term:Africa
About persons:Bessora (1968-)ISNI
Aminata Sow Fall (1941-)ISNI
Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014)
Yvonne Vera (1965-2005)ISNI
Buchi Emecheta (1944-)
Albert Chinualumogu Achebe (1930-2013)ISNI
Theodora Akachi EzeigboISNI
Abstract:This book examines the ways in which some protagonists of African works of fiction are made to counter and challenge intertwined Western discourses on gender, employment, sexuality, and health. There are seven chapters on the following writers: Chinua Achebe, Aimnata Sow Fall, Nadine Gordimer, Yvonne Vera, Buchi Emecheta, Akachi Ezeigbo, and Bessora. The book contains a chapter on feminist (re-)writing and a chapter about the use of trauma theory and 'testimonio' literature to explore the traumatization of female characters and its impact for Zimbabwean civil society. The final part of the book features a chat forum with seven writers and critics from Nigeria debating the role of literature in society. Most Nigerian writers seem in accord with the notion that literature must function in line with social, economic and political aspirations of society. [ASC Leiden abstract]