The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood
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The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood : Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures

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Gender, Migration, and the Claims of Postcolonial Nationhood in Francophone Africa examines three major migrant women writers from Francophone Africa: Ken Bugul, Calixthe Beyala, and Fatou Diome. Coly studies what home means in the context of migration and how gender shapes the meaning of home. This is the first study to bring together migrant women from Francophone Africa. This is also the first study to offer a feminist critique of postnationalist discourses of home, specifically the application of postnationalism to the postcolonial context.show more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739145118
  • 9780739145111
  • 2,106,315

About Ayo A. Coly

Ayo A. Coly is assistant professor of comparative literature and African studies at Dartmouth College.show more

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The book breaks new ground by reconstructing previous readings of nationalism that ignore the gender paradigm, and by correlating this oversight to their celebration of postnationalism...Her subsequent analysis of postindependent hone and belonging as elusive, exclusivist, inviting, and to heteropatriarchal for migrant African women is refreshing. French Review Studies of African literature on migration have gone astray by failing to take account of gender in the diverging relationship between the individual and home. Ayo Coly brings contemporary theory back to the individual and her nation with sophisticated analyses of works by Bugul, Beyala, and Diome. -- Thomas A. Hale, Pennsylvania State University Home Matters takes up what Ayo Coly views as the problematic pattern of 'celebratory insistence on disjunctures' in contemporary theorizing through which we read and consider identities, texts, and culture arising in Africa, as in other postcolonial worlds. The other side of that coin is the denigration of home, which, for postcolonial theory, is associated with stasis, comfort, lack of desire and questioning, and an absence of engagement with others across boundaries. Highlighting the way in which gender informs Francophone African exile and immigrant literary traditions, this rich and compelling study on ongoing attachment to home in the era of global nomadism is an important-indeed, critical-challenge to the migritude paradigm... -- Eileen Julien, Indiana University Home Matters takes up what Ayo Coly views as the problematic pattern of 'celebratory insistence on disjunctures' in contemporary theorizing through which we read and consider identities, texts, and culture arising in Africa, as in other postcolonial worlds. The other side of that coin is the denigration of home, which, for postcolonial theory, is associated with stasis, comfort, lack of desire and questioning, and an absence of engagement with others across boundaries. Highlighting the way in which gender informs Francophone African exile and immigrant literary traditions, this rich and compelling study on ongoing attachment to home in the era of global nomadism is an important-indeed, critical-challenge to the migritude paradigm. -- Eileen Julien, Indiana University The volume is well-researched and shows a broad and deep familiarity with existing critical work on the texts at hand. Coly perhaps nods to fellow theorists more than necessary in a work that makes so many significant contributions of its own. However, this may be a strength for its use in teaching; as it provides a fine overview of the field. Research in African Literaturesshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Of Uprooted and Deterritorialized Africans Part 2 Part I. Ken Bugul: From Self-Imposed Exile to Constrained Homecoming Chapter 3 Chapter 1: The (non)Place of the Daughter of the Postcolonial House: Le Baobab fou and Cendres et braises Chapter 4 Chapter 2: No Place Like the (non)Place: Striving to Come Home in Cendres et braises and Riwan ou le chemin de sable Part 5 Part II. Calixthe Beyala: The Conflicted Immigrant Standpoint Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Aborted Postnationalism? C'est le soleil qui m'a brulee and Tu t'appelleras Tanga Chapter 7 Chapter 4: (Un)Writing France as Home: The Belleville Novels Chapter 8 Chapter 5: From African Guest to Afro-French Hostess: Producing an Acceptable Immigrant Geography of Home in Amours Sauvages Part 9 Part III. Fatou Diome: The Anti-Immigrant Standpoint Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Globalization and the Revival of the Anticolonial and Nationalist narrative of Home: La preference nationale and Le ventre de l'Atlantique Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Bounded Homelessness as a Strategy: La preference nationale and Le ventre de l'Atlantique Chapter 12 Conclusion: Reinstating the Nation as an object of Postcolonially Correct Interestshow more