Stories of Women: Gender and Narrative in the Postcolonial Nation

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"Why is the nation in a postcolonial world so often seen as a motherland? This pathbreaking study, Stories of women: Gender and narrative in the postcolonial nation, explores the perennially fascinating relationship between gender icons and foundational fictions of the nation in different postcolonial spaces." The book will draw interest from readers and researchers of postcolonial, international and women's writing; of nation theory, colonial history and historiography; and of Indian, African, migrant and diasporic literatures.
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Overview

"Why is the nation in a postcolonial world so often seen as a motherland? This pathbreaking study, Stories of women: Gender and narrative in the postcolonial nation, explores the perennially fascinating relationship between gender icons and foundational fictions of the nation in different postcolonial spaces." The book will draw interest from readers and researchers of postcolonial, international and women's writing; of nation theory, colonial history and historiography; and of Indian, African, migrant and diasporic literatures.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780719068782
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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Elleke Boehmer is Mildred Carlile Professor in English at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
• Introduction
• Theorising the en-gendered nation: Motherlands, mothers and nationalist sons
• 'The master's dance to the master's voice': Revolutionary nationalism and women's representation in Ngugi wa Thiong'o
• Of goddesses and stories: Gender and a new politics in Achebe
• The hero's story: The male leader's autobiography and the syntax of postcolonial nationalism
• Stories of women and mothers: Gender and nationalism in the early fiction of Flora Nwapa
• Daughters of the house: The adolescent girl and the nation
• Transfiguring: colonial body into postcolonial narrative
• The nation as metaphor: Ben Okri, Chenjerai Hove, Dambudzo Marechera
• East is East: where postcolonialism is neo-orientalist - the cases of Sarojini Naidu and Arundhati Roy
• Tropes of yearning and dissent: The inflection of desire in Yvonne Vera and Tsitsi Dangarembga
• Beside the West: postcolonial women writers in a transnational frame
• Conclusion: Defining the nation differently

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