The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures (Hardcover)

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The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures (Hardcover)

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While the male-dominated Francophone African migrant literary tradition includes women writers, there is no study that attends to this subgroup of writers. The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures pioneers the study of these writers as a category through an examination of three major women who exemplify the Francophone African female migrant literary tradition: Ken Bugul, Calixthe Beyala, and Fatou Diome. By studying these women together, Ayo A. Coly innovatively introduces gender into prevailing theories of Francophone African migrant literatures. These theories, in line with the current surge of postnationalism in cultural criticism, claim that questions of home and nationhood are obsolete for the present generation of Francophone African migrant writers, but this book shows that the opposite is true in the texts of these writers. Coly is thus able to demonstrate how claims of postnationalism are often skewed by gender-blind understandings of nationalism, namely a failure to consider that women have traditionally been the sites for discourses and practices of nationalism. Amid the negative currency of home and nation in contemporary cultural criticism, including postcolonial criticism, this book contends that home remains a politically, ideologically, and emotionally loaded matter for postcolonial subjects.
Ayo A. Coly is assistant professor of comparative literature and African studies at Dartmouth College.
Product Details ISBN: 9780739145111
ISBN-10: 0739145118
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2010
Pages: 176
Language: English