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Women, Literature and Development in Africa

2nd Edition

By Anthonia C. Kalu


240 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book is a powerful exploration of the role of women in the evolution of African thinking and narratives on development, from the precolonial period right through to the modern day. Whilst the book identifies women’s oppression and marginalization as significant challenges to contemporary Africa’s advancement, it also explores how new written narratives draw on traditional African knowledge systems to bring deep-rooted and sometimes radical approaches to progress.

The book asserts that Africans must tell their own stories, expressed through the complex meanings and nuances of African languages, and often conveyed through oral traditions and storytelling, in which women play an important role. The book’s close examination of language and meaning in the African narrative tradition advances the illumination and elevation of African storytelling as part of a viable and valid knowledge base in its own right, rather than as an extension of European paradigms and methods.

Anthonia Kalu's new edition of this important book, fully revised throughout, will also include fresh analysis of the role of digital media, education and religion in African narratives. At a time when the prominence and participation of African women in development and socio-political debates is growing, this book's exploration of their lived experiences and narrative contribution will be of interest to students of African literature, gender studies, development, history, and sociology.

Table of Contents


  1. The African Woman and African Literary Criticism
  2. African Literary Theory and Research
  3. Paradigms of Tradition and Modernity: (Re)Centering Women in African Literature
  4. Nwanyibuife: Women and the Social Construction of Gender in African Development
  5. Language and Development in Africa
  6. Ala: Gendered Space and Development in Africa
  7. Women, Narrative Traditions and African Religious Thought
  8. Cultural Translations and Education in Africa




About the Author

Anthonia C. Kalu is Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages; and Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of California-Riverside, USA

About the Series

Rethinking Development

Rethinking Development offers accessible and thought-provoking overviews of contemporary topics in international development and aid. Providing original empirical and analytical insights, the books in this series push thinking in new directions by challenging current conceptualizations and developing new ones.  

This is a dynamic and inspiring series for all those engaged with today’s debates surrounding development issues, whether they be students, scholars, policy makers and practitioners internationally. These interdisciplinary books provide an invaluable resource for discussion in advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in development studies as well as in anthropology, economics, politics, geography, media studies and sociology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries