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Transnational Africana Women’s Fictions

Edited By Cheryl Sterling Copyright 2022
    250 Pages
    by Routledge

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    by Routledge

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    This book explores the works of women writers and filmmakers across the African and African Diaspora world, reflecting on how the transnational sphere can serve to highlight voices that were at the margins of gender and race hierarchies.

    The book demonstrates how in discourse and theory Africana women are the centers of their own knowledge production and agency, as the artists and their characters point the way forward. Their multi-perspectivism leads to avenues of selective mutuality and influence to generate transformative creative work, scholarship, and practices. Writers included are Sylvia Wynter, Edwidge Danticat, Amanda Smith, Werewere Liking, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Sefi Atta, NoViolet Bulawayo, Nnedi Okorafor, Mariama Bâ, Ama Ata Aidoo, Igiaba Scego, Léonara Miano, Gisèle Hountondji, Monique Ilboudo, and Maryse Condé, as well as filmmaker Kemi Adetiba. Over the course of the book, the contributors critically explore and update the canon on women in the African and African Diaspora literary sphere, highlighting their contributions to theoretical debates and providing substantive nuance to diasporic subjectivity.

    This book will be of interest to scholars of African and Africana Studies, comparative literature, and women and gender studies.

    Introduction: Transnational F(r)ictions: The Word, the Gaze, and the Narrative Cheryl Sterling  Part I - Agents of Change and Producers of Knowledge  Chapter 1,"Beyond the Profession: Sylvia Wynter’s Decolonial University," Anthony Bayani Rodriguez  Chapter 2, "Mapping Diasporic and Transnational Subjectivities: Edwidge Danticat’s Politics of Exile and Home/Comings," Simone A. James Alexander   Chapter 3, "Heavenly Homes and Transnational Travel: Amanda Smith’s Religious Cosmopolitan Vision," Amanda Lagji  Chapter 4, "Performing Africana Institutions: The Enchevêtrement of Futures and Faith in the Theater of Werewere Liking," Guillaume Semon Yoboué   Part II - TransLocations and the Futures of Fiction  Chapter 5, "Memory, Identity, and Change in Select Short Stories of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie," Bernard Otonye Stephen  Chapter 6, "Engaging the Diaspora in Contemporary Works by African Women Writers," Rose A. Sackeyfio  Chapter 7, "Transnational Agency, Nollywood Feminist Auteurs, and Patriarchy," Olusegun Soetan  Chapter 8, "Speculation at the Limits? Articulating History, Genre, and the Diasporic Fantastic in Nnedi Okorafor’s Arro-yo Stories," Matthew Lecznar   Chapter 9, "Going through So Long a Letter and Changes: African Women in the Process of Transformation," Cheryl Sterling  Part III - Diasporas of Difference  Chapter 10, "Italy, Somalia, and the Black Mediterranean, or Reading Igiaba Scego’s Adua alongside Bâ, Mbembe, Waberi, and Somali Praise Poetry," Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken  Chapter 11, "The Dismantling of Afropean Families in Léonora Miano’s Afropean Soul," Johanna Montlouis-Gabriel  Chapter 12, "Gendered Migrations: Transnationalisms and Intersectionalities in the Novels of Francophone African Women," Joyce Hope Scott  Chapter 13, "‘A part le bonheur, il n’y a rien d’essentiel:’ The Transnational Narrative Model in Maryse Condé’s Desirada," Eliana Văgălău


    Cheryl Sterling is Associate Professor of English and Director of African Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA.