Essential Encounters

Essential Encounters

Paperback Texts and Translations

By (author) Therese Kuoh-Moukoury, Translated by Cheryl Toman

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  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Format: Paperback | 60 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 208mm x 5mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0873527941
  • ISBN 13: 9780873527941
  • Sales rank: 574,311

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Published in 1969, Essential Encounters is the first novel by a woman of sub-Saharan francophone Africa. Th r se Kuoh-Moukoury, of Cameroon, wrote it "to inspire other women to write." Its story of love, infertility, a failed marriage, and adultery looks at both interpersonal connections and national politics from a feminist perspective. In the introduction the volume editor, Cheryl Toman, provides valuable background with a discussion of African matriarchy, past and present; ethnic groups in Cameroon; interracial relationships; and polygamy as it affects women's roles in the family and their interaction with one another.

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"An ideal introduction to francophone literature and culture for both undergraduate and graduate students. It . . . offers a useful perspective on race and gender in the late colonial period."