Women Writing Africa: The Eastern Region

Overview

This project is “essential . . . a rich resource for scholars and general readers alike” (Library Journal).

The Eastern Region contains over 130 texts from 29 languages in five countries—Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia—from the mid-1800s to the present.

The volume documents women’s roles in the struggle for independence that culminated in nationhood for these countries in the 1960s. Queens, slaves,...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $13.33   
  • New (5) from $17.28   
  • Used (7) from $13.33   
Sending request ...

Overview

This project is “essential . . . a rich resource for scholars and general readers alike” (Library Journal).

The Eastern Region contains over 130 texts from 29 languages in five countries—Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia—from the mid-1800s to the present.

The volume documents women’s roles in the struggle for independence that culminated in nationhood for these countries in the 1960s. Queens, slaves, mothers, nuns, field generals, political activists, and politicians all appear inside.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The third volume from the Women Writing Africa Project makes a significant contribution to the study of African literature and offers a textured portrait of women's lives in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. These pieces span the centuries from 1711 to 2003, address topics ranging from religion to HIV and represent prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction, lullabies and protest songs. Marriage is a theme that runs throughout: "A Mother's Advice and Prayer" from 1858 is a nuptial manual in verse, and "I Want a Divorce," taken from a 1922 court record, gives a valuable glimpse of the power struggles between husband and wife. On a lighter note, a collection of recent song lyrics complains about useless husbands and lovers. Many 20th-century writers address colonialism and independence: Penina Muhando Mlama's "Creating in the Mother-Tongue" looks at the linguistic, literary and socioeconomic obstacles to writing in indigenous languages. The editors' lucid introduction usefully contextualizes these wonderful writings, and this volume will be especially welcome in college classrooms. General readers who want to be entertained, educated and chastened about women's struggles and triumphs in east Africa will delight in this literary feast. (July)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558615342
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Series: Women Writing Africa Series
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,153,059
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Amandina Lihamba is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Dar Es Salaam University, in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. She holds a degree in film studies from UCLA. Fulata L. Moyo has been Coordinator of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Malawi, in Zomba, Malawi. She is now working on a doctorate in religious studies at Lutheran Theological Institute in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Mugyabuso M. Mulokozi is Director of the Institute of Kiswahili Research at Dar Es Salaam University in Tanzania. He is a scholar, a well-known poet, and translator. Naomi L. Shitemi, was a coordinator of the Department of Kiswahili and other African Languages at Moi University, in Eldoret, Kenya. She is now Dean of a division in that university.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)