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Trances, Dances and Vociferations: Agency and Resistance in Africana Women's Narratives

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Trances, Dances and Vociferations provides a compelling feminist analysis of gender politics in the works of four major Africana women writers: Toni Morrison, Michelle Cliff, Assia Djebar, and Paule Marshall. Nada Elia explores the way in which black women characters use conjuring, double entendre, and song to empower, liberate and determine their own female insurgency. She also explains how African and Afrodiasporic women have been forced to rewrite history and substitute a communal and individual wholeness for ...
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Trance, Dances and Vociferations: Agency and Resistance in Africana Women's Narratives

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Overview

Trances, Dances and Vociferations provides a compelling feminist analysis of gender politics in the works of four major Africana women writers: Toni Morrison, Michelle Cliff, Assia Djebar, and Paule Marshall. Nada Elia explores the way in which black women characters use conjuring, double entendre, and song to empower, liberate and determine their own female insurgency. She also explains how African and Afrodiasporic women have been forced to rewrite history and substitute a communal and individual wholeness for alienation and separation in many different settings, from Algeria to Oklahoma. Ranging over works including Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow, Djebar's A Sister to Scheherazade, Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven and Morrison's Jazz and Beloved, Elia offers essential and provocative insights into the works of some of our most influential Africana women authors today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815338420
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/13/2000
  • Pages: 183
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nada Elia is Scholar-in-Residence and Visiting Associate Professor of Afro-American Studies at Brown University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xi
Chapter 1 Pre-Text: In the Beginning All Was Sound 1
Chapter 2 "The Fourth Language": Subaltern Expression in Assia Djebar's Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade and A Sister to Scheherazade 11
Chapter 3 "The Memories of Old Women": Alternative History in Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven and Free Enterprise 43
Chapter 4 "I'm Breaking My Vow of Silence": Reclaiming Speech in Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow and Daughters 81
Chapter 5 "Under the Weight of Memory and Music": Contact Zones and Healing in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon and Paradise 113
Chapter 6 Conclusion: "With Nomad Memory and Intermittent Voice": The Africana Women's Aesthetic Tradition 149
Bibliography 157
Index 165
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