Overview:Harrow's provocative book introduces a psychoanalytic dimension to the study of African women's writing. In so doing, he opens up relatively uncharted terrain in African literary studies.
Harrow's provocative book introduces a psychoanalytic dimension to the study of African women's writing. In so doing, he opens up relatively uncharted terrain in African literary studies. Comprehensive, nuanced, occasionally lyrical, the book covers an impressive range of hitherto neglected francophone novels that are examined alongside canonical anglophone texts. The author places these texts in their colonial and postcolonial contexts, developing upon, and linking, structuralist theories of colonialism and patriarchy. This study offers a radical new position for those scholars who have long sought alternatives to the liberal humanist bias pervading many studies of African women's writing.
Students often struggle with the models employed by feminist and postcolonial theorists such as Judith Butler and Homi Bhabha. The clarity with which Harrow explains the positions of such theorists makes his book an essential companion to, and commentary upon, their publications. Kenneth Harrow's study will be of interest not only to African literature specialists, but also to non-literary scholars concerned with questions about feminism, gender construction, colonialism, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial theory.
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Title: Less Than One and Double: A Feminist Reading of African Women's Writing
Author: Kenneth W. Harrow
Date Published: November 2001
Table of Contents:
|Introduction: Insider Writers/Outsider Theory|
|1||First Wave and Second Wave African Feminism: Butler and the Question of Gender||1|
|2||The Other (Side of the) Mirror||23|
|3||Jewish Abjection, African Abjection, and The Subject Presumed to Know: Kristeva and Beyala's Tu t'appelleras Tanga||43|
|4||Standing Like a Tower: Plagiarism, Castration, and the Phallus in Le Petit Prince de Belleville||97|
|5||Less Than One and Double: Irigaray/Bhabha, Nervous Conditions/Asseze l'Africaine||157|
|6||Division, Disunity, Disturbance, and Difference: Safi Faye's Mossane and the Challenge of Postmodern Feminism||247|
|7||City of Mud and Diamonds, City of Dis: Tanella Boni, Veronique Tadjo - A Feminism of the Cities||277|
|Conclusion: Rebuilding Dis: Words of a Second Wave||331|
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