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Title:Towards a new feminist practice in Africa: the Women Writing Africa project
Author:Ryan, Pamela
Year:2007
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Volume:19
Issue:1
Pages:116-136
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:women writers
literature
feminism
literary criticism
Abstract:This article looks at the Women Writing Africa project, inaugurated under the auspices of the Feminist Press at the City University of New York, as both a response to prevailing assumptions about the African woman as abject and helpless, and as a positive reinforcement of women's agency in an African context. In the main, it is the insider's view that focuses the reader's attention in the Women Writing Africa project, which proceeds from the local and the quotidian, from the vantage point of the marketplace, the marriage bed and the cooking pot, to construct a picture of the African woman that is diverse, complex and compelling. The article first looks at the aims and methods of production of the texts, and then discusses the two texts that represent the project thus far: 'Women writing Africa: the southern region' (2003) and 'Women writing Africa: West Africa and the Sahel' (2005). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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