African Pasts, Presents, and Futures

African Pasts, Presents, and Futures : Generational Shifts in African Women's Literature, Film, and Internet Discourse

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African Pasts, Presents, and Futures: Generational Shifts in African Women's Literature, Film, and Internet Discourse, by Touria Khannous, critically reevaluates assumptions in liberal feminist theory, which has examined African women primarily in terms of their object status rather than as agents effecting change. By analyzing forces of marginalization, subordination and empowerment, the book carves out arenas for African women within feminist theory and creates spaces for the recognition of their place in national and global politics.show more

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  • Hardback | 230 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739170414
  • 9780739170410

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Khannous provides insightful historical and political contextualization that makes the book accessible to a wide audience. Her contribution is timely and significant as it builds an important framework for further work on African women. Research in African Literatures In this remarkable study, Touria Khannous brings together the work of African women from different generations and various locations in order to shed light on the ways in which they have challenged social and political situations in their countries through written and cinematic creations. This wide-ranging and well-organized book provides unprecedented insight into African women's literary and cultural creativity in evolving postcolonial contexts, focusing especially on questions of gender and religious identity. It is especially noteworthy for its analysis of recent expressions by African women over the Internet, especially during the Arab Spring. -- Alison Rice, University of Notre Dame Khannnous analyzes in fabulous critical detail the varied texts of her selected group of African women writers writ large, ranging from novelists to filmmakers to electronic social media producers from northern as well as sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora, to demonstrate these women's shared preoccupations with social change, social justice, and equality whatever their medium and wherever their locale. Khannous adroitly couples vivid textual analysis with astute historical and political contextualization that renders the texts and producers clearly significant to the field of women's writing. Particularly cogent is her wide theoretical background, and the inclusion of social media activists to broaden the traditional notion of 'writer.' -- Sandra Carter, University of Houston Touria Khannous's book analyzes the spectrum of the feminine voices in Africa while displacing the boundaries of feminist theory-a real tour de force in the current debate about the 'invention of Africa,' viewed this time from the female perspective. It is a brilliant, uncompromising reading that achieves a vast geographical sweep and combines massive erudition with deft alertness to paradox, slippage, and nuance. -- Mustapha Marrouchi, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Dr. Khannous cogently analyzes a half century of courageous feminist productions encompassing novel, theater, memoir, cinema and internet discourse. She highlights the specificities of African women's experience under colonialism, postcolonialism and Islam. This rare study brings together important works from seven countries in the northern, western and southern regions of the continent and whose original languages include English, French and Arabic. Its compelling presentation of the political contexts responsible for violence and trauma makes this book useful for students and scholars from a wide variety of fields. -- Mary Vogl, Colorado State Universityshow more

About Touria Khannous

Touria Khannous is an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and the International Studies Program at Louisiana State University. She has published articles on women's writing from Africa and the African diaspora, African cinema, black diaspora studies, and cultural studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Black-Arab Encounters: Representations of Blackness in Arabic Literature.show more

Table of contents

Table of Contents Acknowledgements Theoretical Introduction Part I: Negotiating Colonial and National Politics Chapter 1 Algerian Women in the Public Sphere: Remaking / Her / Story in Assia Djebar's Film La Nouba des Femmes du Mont Chenoua Chapter 2 Ama Ata Aidoo's Modernism and the Politics of Postcolonialism Chapter 3 Rewriting Power: Bessie Head's Revolutionary Politics Part II: Postcolonial Injustices Chapter 4 National Reconciliation through Narrative: Malika Oufkir's Stolen Lives Chapter 5 National Violence and Male Crisis Discourse in Yvonne Vera's The Stone Virgins Chapter 6 Political Satire in Tess Onuweme's Play No Vacancy Part III: Reflections on Islam, Identity and Gender Chapter 7 Islam, Gender and Identity in Leila Abouzeid's The Last Chapter: A Postcolonial Critique Chapter 8 Strategies of Representation and Post/colonial Identity in Farida Benlyazid's Door to the Sky and Moufida Tlatli's Silences of the Palace Chapter 9 Islam, Youth and the Global: Leila Merrakshi's Controversial Film Marock Part IV: Internet Discourse and Women as Agents of Change Chapter 10 Debating Islam, Gender and the Arab Spring: Moroccan and Tunisian Women's Cyberspace Conclusion Bibliography/Filmographyshow more