Third World Women's Literatures

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This reference volume serves as a companion to Third World women's literatures in English and in English translation by presenting entries on works, writers, and themes. Entries are chosen to present a balance of well-known writers and emerging ones, contemporary as well as historical writers, and representative selections of genres, literary styles, and themes.

What plays have been written by women in the developing world? What books have been written by Sri Lankan or Brazilian...

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Overview

This reference volume serves as a companion to Third World women's literatures in English and in English translation by presenting entries on works, writers, and themes. Entries are chosen to present a balance of well-known writers and emerging ones, contemporary as well as historical writers, and representative selections of genres, literary styles, and themes.

What plays have been written by women in the developing world? What books have been written by Sri Lankan or Brazilian women? Which works address themes of feminism or exile or politics in the Third World? These are the types of questions that can now be answered through Fister's companion to Third World women's literatures in English and English translation. Organized alphabetically, this reference volume presents entries on works, writers, and themes. Entries are chosen to present a balance of well-known writers and emerging ones, contemporary as well as historical writers, and representative selections of genres, literary styles, and themes.

By providing information about and leads to works by and about Third World women, an important and largely marginalized literature, Fister has created a unique reference tool that will help teachers, scholars, and librarians, both public and academic, expand their definitions of the literary, making the voices of Third World women available in the same format in which many companions to Western literature do. An important book for all public and college-level libraries.

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From The Critics
Acknowledging that the term "Third World" is imprecise and even controversial, Fister, a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College, identifies the countries covered by this compilation as those of "the Caribbean, Central and Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Asia, excluding Japan, Australia, and New Zealand." From these areas, she has selected a wide range of women writers whose works are available in English--either as the original language of publication or in translation. Of the approximately 570 alphabetically arranged entries, 303 are devoted to biographical sketches of these women, while the others treat individual literary works and themes Since only 28 of the writers Fister includes were born before 1900, her principal emphasis is on the twentieth century. Although the guide covers such prominent authors as Anita Desai, Buchi Emechta, Nadine Gordimer, and Jean Rhys, it focuses primarily on lesser-known figures. It also encompasses a number of writers (e.g., Isak Dineson, Elspeth Huxley, Paule Marshall) whose nationalities do not qualify them for inclusion but whose lives and writings connect them with a Third World country Entries on authors provide biographical and critical information varying from a few sentences to half a page and include selective bibliographies of primary and secondary works in English through 1994. An asterisk beside a title in a bibliography indicates that it has a separate entry. Such entries provide a brief synopsis of the work and sometimes include citations to critical commentary. Although only a small percentage of the articles are thematic in nature (e.g., "Autobiography", "Censorship", "Motherhood"), those tend to be more extensive than the others Five useful appendixes supplement the dictionary portion of this compilation: the first two are geographic and chronological lists of the authors treated, while the remaining three provide bibliographies of reference materials, anthologies, and works of criticism relating to women and Third World literatures. The excellent index refers not only to the writers, titles, and topics accorded entries, but also to individuals, themes, and events (e.g., apartheid, Cultural Revolution, mental illness) that are discussed within the entries Only slightly more than one-third of the writers in this guide are also included in "Contemporary Authors". Although almost two-thirds are treated in the "Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature" [RBB F 15 93], those sketches generally provide very limited or no secondary bibliographies. Overlap with the two-volume "Encyclopedia of Post-colonial Literatures in English" (Routledge, 1994) is not significant due to some major differences in the countries covered Perhaps this work's greatest value lies in its identification of numerous women authors whose works are not widely known in the U.S. It will be particularly useful in academic libraries that support strong programs in comparative literature or women's studies.
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Contains brief descriptive entries on writers, works, and subjects, organized alphabetically, as well as bibliographic leads to works and criticism in English or English translation. Each biographical entry includes a selective list of works and criticism published through 1994. Entries on individual works comment on style and significance. Includes three bibliographies covering research resources, anthologies, and general criticism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313289880
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1995
  • Pages: 402
  • Lexile: 970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA FISTER is Bibliographic Instruction Librarian and Associate Professor, Gustavus Adolphus College.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Dictionary

Appendix I: List of Authors by Region and Country

Appendix II: Chronological List of Authors

Appendix III: Resources for Research

Appendix IV: Anthologies

Appendix V: Criticism

Index

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