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Title:Mariama Barry, Ken Bugul, Calixthe Beyala, and the politics of female homoeroticism in sub-Saharan francophone African literature
Author:Etoke, NathalieISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:40
Issue:2
Pages:173-189
Language:English
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Guinea
Senegal
Subjects:homosexuality
novels
French language
women writers
About persons:Mariama BarryISNI
Calixthe Beyala (1961-)ISNI
Ken Bugul (1947-) pseud. for Mariètou Mbaye BiléomaISNI
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/research_in_african_literatures/v040/40.2.etoke.pdf
Abstract:The emergence of African feminism and womanism has elucidated pivotal issues that African women face in a patriarchal society that undermines their existence. However, such movements reinforce the dominant presence of heterosexual standards in denying the reality of its most marginalized subset, same-sex love interactions. This article explores the relationship between culture, society, law, gender, free will, and sexuality. The author unravels the strategies of writing female homoerotic desire, displaying the ingenious literary devices, adroit techniques, and skills that allow three francophone African women writers, Mariama Barry (Guinea), Ken Bugul (Senegal), and Calixthe Beyala (Cameroon), to create a narrative space in which female sexuality is viewed through complex lenses that alternate, combine, or contradict heterosexuality, bisexuality, and homosexuality. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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