Critical Conditions

Critical Conditions : Illness and Disability in Francophone African and Caribbean Women's Writing

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Critical Conditions: Illness and Disability in Francophone African and Caribbean Women's Writing theorizes the unique interplay between history, science, the body, identity and writing that occurs in African and Caribbean Francophone women's writing from 1968-2003. These writings, it argues, disclose figures of illness and disability in the postcolonial context that challenge standard paradigms of women's bodily and psychic health established by Western colonial medicine and racial biology such as those that idealize cure, demand normativity, and assign tragedy to the "unhealthy."show more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739151142
  • 9780739151143

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With Nack Ngue's book, disability studies makes a belated entry into Francophone postcolonial feminist studies. This productive angle of approach, coupled with Nack Ngue's knowledge of African cultural practices, allow her to provide new and sophisticated insights on classic and more recent texts by African and Caribbean women writers. Each chapter probes select texts through the lens of theorized concepts such as the stare, the impossible cure, the grotesque body, and the foreign body. This book makes a significant contribution to the fields of disability, Francophone, and feminist studies. -- Anne Donadey, professor of French and women's studies, San Diego State University Critical Conditions: Illness and Disability in Francophone African and Caribbean Women's Writing is a remarkable new development in interdisciplinary studies. It represents a welcome and much-needed investigation that imports the preoccupations of disability studies into the postcolonial and applies postcolonial methodologies in disability studies. In the process, and this is where this book is most exciting, it carves out in inaugural fashion the significant zone of commonalities between these two seemingly disparate fields. -- Lydie Moudileno, professor of French and Francophone studies, University of Pennsylvaniashow more

About Julie Nack Ngue

Julie Nack Ngue is assistant professor of French (teaching) at the University of Southern California. She is a contributor to journals such as Wagadu: Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies and to the book collection Emergent Perspectives on Ken Bugul: From Alternative Choices to Oppositional Practices (Jeanne-Sarah de Larquier and Ada Uzoamaka Azodo, eds, 2009).show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Chapter 1: "Staring Back": Visible Difference, Staring, and Uncertain Legibility in Marie Chauvet's Amour and Myriam Warner-Vieyra's Juletane Chapter 2: The Body Composite: Testimony and the Problematic of Integral Healing in Maryse Conde's Heremakhonon and Ken Bugul's Le Baobab fou Chapter 3: Towards a New Aesthetic of the Global: Grotesque Bodies, Circulation, and Haunting in Fama Diagne Sene's Le Chant des tenebres and Ken Bugul's La Folie et la Mort Chapter 4: Against Quarantine: Foreign Bodies in Excess in Fatou Diome's Le Ventre de l'Atlantique and Bessora's 53 cm Epilogue: In Guise of a Conclusionshow more

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