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Title:'Half and half children': third-generation women writers and the new Nigerian novel
Author:Bryce, JaneISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:39
Issue:2
Pages:49-67
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:novels
women writers
women
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v039/39.2.bryce.pdf
Abstract:The paper looks at seven novels published by women writers in Nigeria since 2000, and asks in what ways they reconfigure realism and the social text of the recent Nigerian past. Their authors are engaged in a lively dialogue with their literary precursors, male and female, using their interpretation of the past. The present author traces new directions that fictional accounts of women's identities are taking in Nigeria. Though realism is the preferred mode in these novels, it is a realism that bears the trace of pre-existing non-realist modes of expression and belief. By reclaiming the traditionally negative icon of the 'abiku' child, they effect a retrieval of the feminine repressed, casting the feminine double as shadow or negative to the paradigmatic male protagonist of Nigerian fiction and reinserting it into the postcolonial national narrative. Like one of the protagonists, these novels ask the urgent question: 'What was the country I loved? The country I would fight for? Should it have borders?' Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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