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Title:Books for Africans: Margaret Wrong and the Gendering of African Writing, 1923-1963
Author:Brouwer, Compton
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
gender relations
History and Exploration
Women's Issues
Education and Oral Traditions
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Education and Training
Religion and Witchcraft
Sex Roles
About person:Margaret Wrong (1887-1948)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/220884
Abstract:This article provides insight into the historical forces that inhibited African women's literary production by focusing on one facet of the work of a Western woman and an organization whose specific mandate was the development of literature for sub-Saharan Africa. Margaret Wrong (1887-1948), a Canadian, headed the International Committee on Christian Literature for Africa (ICCLA) from 1929, when it was created as a subcommittee of the International Missionary Council, to 1948, the year of her death in Gulu, Uganda. The author focuses specifically on Wrong's concern to promote the development of written literature by Africans, and, more briefly, on her legacy as manifested in the Margaret Wrong Prize for African Literature. The author also deals with the strategies implemented by the ICCLA to encourage indigenous literary activity, arguing that these were part of a network of interrelated liberal missionary and imperial initiatives whose practical effect was to gender that activity male. The work of the ICCLA augmented the head start that African males already had in the realm of Western-style cultural production as a result of greater exposure to teaching and mentoring in secular and missionary institutions. Notes, ref.