"Linking Africa and the Caribbean, orality to writing, Larrier presents an important study of women’s empowerment in contemporary francophone literature."--Mildred Mortimer, University of Colorado
"A ‘page turner’, well-conceptualized scholarship that surely will have a long--very long--life in the field. A wonderful resource . . . that scholars, students, and teachers will find useful."--Janis A. Mayes, Syracuse University
Examining narratives from a wide variety of countries and traditions in francophone Africa and the Caribbean, Renée Larrier argues that women writers reappropriate their specific oral tradition by creating woman-centered/woman-narrated texts. Female characters telling their own stories subvert stereotypes found in literature and popular culture.
Larrier discusses the inscription of women’s voices on sites as varied as pot lids, wall paintings, and cloth before focusing on prose works from Cameroon, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Mali, Martinique, and Senegal. In so doing, she reconnects the authors of Africa and the diaspora who articulate women’s perspectives and empower their communities.
A significant comparative study, Francophone Women Writers of Africa and the Caribbean marks a major contribution to an exciting field of inquiry.
Renée Larrier is associate professor of French at Rutgers University and coeditor, with E. Anthony Hurley and Joseph McLaren, of Migrating Words and Worlds: Pan-Africanism Updated.
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"The comparative nature of her analysis is an excellent attempt at decompartmentalizing literature. Larrier herself beautifully supports and echoes these women's voices."- Research in African Literatures Research in African Literatures
"offers a wide-ranging introduction to the diversity of women's aesthetic creativity throughout the various Francophone Black Atlantic cultures. Her text will be of interest to students of Francophone literature and culture and black Atlantic and Women's Studies, and stands as a useful reference for specialists in each of these fields." - French Forum French Forum
"A valuable contribution to the growing critical discourse on women's writing." Dalhousie University
"An ambitious undertaking which focuses specifically on Francophone Africa and the diaspora including Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe."
"Students of African/Caribbean women's writing will welcome it as a good source of material for their investigations." Caribbean Studies
"Provides a wealth of information, and is original in its approach to the works in question . . . An excellent resource for scholars, students, and teachers in the field and beyond." New West Indian Guide