Africa Wo/Man Palava: The Nigerian Novel by Women

Africa Wo/Man Palava: The Nigerian Novel by Women

by Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226620855
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 04/28/1996
Series: Women in Culture and Society Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson
Firing Can(n)ons: Salvos by African Women Writers 

1: An Excursion into Woman's (S)(p)ace
    The Myths of Osun and Odu: Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Secrets of
    Verbal Authority
    The Mammywata Myth as Gendered Insurance
    Chi/Ori, or, The Mother Within
    Omunwa/Iyalode, or, The Mother Without, or, The Daughter-of-the-Soil
    The Ogbanje/Abiku Complex: Mother as Jinxed Care Giver
    A Taste of Women in Nigeria: The Sweet Mother, The Bitter Wife, The Sour
    Widow, The Salt of the Earth 

2: (En)gender(ing) Discourse: Palaver-Palava and African Womanism
    Palavering: Bones of Contention
    African Womanist Ideology 

3: Flora Nwapa: Genesis and Matrix
    Strategies in the Palaver
    Uhamiri and the Secrets of the Ugwuta Homestead
    Efuru: In Search of the Mother
    Twice-Told Tales: Idu Revisited
    Never Again: The War to End All Wars
    One Is Enough: Bitter Wife, Sweet Mother
    Women Are Different: Stasis
    Nwapa's Political Acuity: "A Woman Protects a Man"—Silently 

4: Adaora Lily Ulasi: Juju Fiction
    The Magic of Confusion: A Long (Overdue) Introduction
    Many Thing You No Understand: The Curse of Ignorance
    Many Thing Begin for Change: For Better, For Worse
    The Night Harry Died: Resurrection and the Arts of Divination
    Who Is Jonah?: From the Belly of the Fish
    The Man from Sagamu: Divine Mediation
    "Ise," Say I—To That Prayer of Ulasi's 

5: Buchi Emecheta: The Been-to (Bintu) Novel
    The Been-to (Dis)Advantage
    In the Ditch: But Conditions Are looking Up
    Second-Class Citizen: First-Rate Woman
    The Bride Price: What Price Freedom?
    The Slave Girl: Slave Traffickers and Vernacular Ethics
    The Joys of Motherhood and the Throes of Fatherhood
    Destination Biafra: Humpty-Dumpty and Daughters-of-the-Soil
    Double Yoke: Double Yolk and Yokefellows
    The Family: Uncovered Secrets
    Kehinde: Bintu and the Search for a Home 

6: Fakunle, Okoye, Alkali, Eno Obong, Bedford: Siddon Look
    Sweet Mothers: The Present Generation
    Funmilayo Fakunle: Opening the Secrets in the Calabash
    Ifeoma Okoye: Maladies, Malaise, and National Recovery
    Zaynab Alkali: Salts and Preservation
    Eno Obong: Mammywata to the Rescue
    Simi Bedford: Home as Exile and Exile as Home
    Holding Fire: For Home and Country 

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