African Women Under Fire: Literary Discourses in War and Conflict (Paperback)Pauline Ada Uwakweh (author,author of contributions), E milie Diouf (author of contributions), Moussa Issifou (author of contributions), Tendai Mangena (author of contributions), Nanjala Nyabola (author of contributions), Julie Papaioannou (author of contributions), Melissa R. Root (author of contributions), Jessie Sagawa (author of contributions), Paul N. Toure (author of contributions)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 331 g
Dimensions: 225 x 152 x 16 mm
Touching on the war experiences of African women, including combat, captivity, and rape, the nine essays in African Women Under Fire: Literary Discourses in War and Conflict, edited by Pauline Ada Uwakweh, engage female agency, resiliency, trauma, violence, and the roles of memory and testimony. Bringing together a wide variety of theories and approaches, the contributors re-examine African war literature from a gendered, postcolonial frame that encompasses trauma studies, psychoanalysis, immigration studies, and the problems of representation. -- Joya Uraizee, Saint Louis University
For too long in the history of fiction writing in Africa, the tendency has been to portray women as literary shadows of male creative imagination. In African Women Under Fire: Literary Discourses in War and Conflict, one senses in the critical essays on women's war literature, a significant and necessary step towards disrupting the masculinization of the African critical enterprise in the literary domain. Never again will African women's creative voices be mere appendages in anthologies composed by men. -- Maurice Taonezvi Vambe, University of South Africa
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