The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood

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

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While the male-dominated Francophone African migrant literary tradition includes women writers, there is no study that attends to this subgroup of writers. The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures pioneers the study of these writers as a category through an examination of three major women who exemplify the Francophone African female migrant literary tradition: Ken Bugul, Calixthe Beyala, and Fatou Diome. By studying these women together, Ayo A. Coly innovatively introduces gender into prevailing theories of Francophone African migrant literatures. These theories, in line with the current surge of postnationalism in cultural criticism, claim that questions of home and nationhood are obsolete for the present generation of Francophone African migrant writers, but this book shows that the opposite is true in the texts of these writers. Coly is thus able to demonstrate how claims of postnationalism are often skewed by gender-blind understandings of nationalism, namely a failure to consider that women have traditionally been the sites for discourses and practices of nationalism. Amid the negative currency of home and nation in contemporary cultural criticism, including postcolonial criticism, this book contends that home remains a politically, ideologically, and emotionally loaded matter for postcolonial subjects.
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  • Electronic book text | 176 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739145134
  • 9780739145135

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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"
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About Ayo A Coly

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