Empathy and Rage: Female Genital Mutilation in African Literature

Empathy and Rage: Female Genital Mutilation in African Literature

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This is an important book about an important topic that some misguided cultural nationalists would rather keep wrapped under the silences and perversions of tradition. A subject that has generated intense debate about culture, gender, sexuality, women’s rights and human rights; this book offers the searing, unsparing gaze that only literature can provide. The collection derives its freshness and power from its excavation of representations in the work of African and Diasporan writers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780955507946
Publisher: Ayebia Clarke Publishing
Publication date: 12/19/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tobe Levin is professor of English and women's studies at the University of Maryland, University College Europe.

Augustine H. Asaah is associate professor of modern languages at the University of Ghana, where he pioneered research into African feminist literature and gender-based violence in African fiction.

Table of Contents

  • Assaults on Female Genitalia: Activists, Authors, and the Arts—T. Levin.
  • From Women's Rite to Human Rights Issue: Literary Explorations of Female Genital Excision since Facing Mount Kenya (1938)—E. Bekers.
  • Oppositional Approaches to FGM in African Literature—S. Bishop.
  • Going Home Again: Diaspora, FGM, and Kinship in Warrior Marks—T.L. Cage.
  • "Mother" as a Verb: The Erotic, Audre Lorde, and FGM—J. Browdy de Hernandez.
  • Female Genital Mutilation: Ambivalence, Indictment and Commitment in Sub-Saharan African Fiction—A.H. Asaah.
  • The Anti-Female FGM Novel in Public Education: An Example from Ghana—A.V. Adams.
  • What Is Wrong with Mariam? Gloria Naylor's Infibulated Jew—T. Levin.
  • Somali Womanhood: A Re-visioning—M. Sarkis.
  • Excision and African Literature: An Activist Annotated Bibliographical Excursion—P. Herzberger-Fofana.
  • Who's Afraid of Female Sexuality?—M. Mathai.
  • Tränen im Sand/Desert Tears (excerpts)—N. Abdi and L.G. Linder.

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