Essential Encounters

Essential Encounters

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Published in 1969, "Essential Encounters" is the first novel by a woman of sub-Saharan francophone Africa. Therese 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 144.78 x 208.28 x 5.08mm | 136.08g
  • Modern Language Association of America
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0873527941
  • 9780873527941
  • 648,066

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"This wonderful short novel is an ideal introduction to francophone literature and culture for both undergraduate and graduate students. It is very readable and offers a useful perspective on race and gender in the late colonial period." --Francoise Lionnet, author of "Autobiographical Voices" and "Postcolonial Representations""

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