1st Edition

The Politics of (M)Othering
Womanhood, Identity and Resistance in African Literature

Edited By

Obioma Nnaemeka

ISBN 9780415137904
Published January 5, 1997 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This collection is a study of African literature framed by the central, and multi-faceted, idea of 'mother' - motherland, mothertongue, motherwit, motherhood, mothering - looking at the paradoxical location of (m)other as both central and marginal. Whilst the volume stands as a sustained feminist analysis, it engages feminist theory itself by showing how issues in feminism are, in African literature, recast in different and complex ways.


'The volume moves from one compelling analysis to another ... it makes a refreshing change from the many recent 'African women's writing' anthologies, where literary critics tend to trawl through a now familar canon of women's novels. - Wasafiri