Writing from the Hearth

Writing from the Hearth : Public, Domestic, and Imaginative Space in Francophone Women's Fiction of Africa and the Caribbean

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Writing from the Hearth probes the relationship of gender to space in close readings of texts of Francophone women writers of Africa: Aoua Keita, Mariama Ba, Calixthe Beyala, and Aminata Sow Fall, and the Caribbean: Marie Chauvet, Simon Schwarz-Bart, Maryse Conde, and Edwidge Danticat. It explores the hypothesis that the female protagonist moves toward empowerment by appropriating public space and transforming domestic space into alternative space.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 18mm | 340.19g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739119079
  • 9780739119075
  • 2,151,558

Review quote

The breadth and depth of this work's theoretical foundation makes it a must read for scholars across a wide array of disciplines. Its importance also lies in the richness and diversity of the chosen texts and is underscored by the quality of Mortimer's close textual readings. Finally, it is her insightful and adept crossing of the boundaries that continue to divide scholars and scholarship of francophone literature today that makes it a journey worth taking. Research in African Literatures, August 2009 Mortimer intriguingly juxtaposes women's narratives (fiction, memoir and other genres) from Africa and the Caribbean. Writing from the Hearth will stir thought by scholars in a wide range of fields. No one before has put together Conde's Tituba and Keita's Femme d'Afrique. -- Susan Andrade, University of Pittsburgh An important contribution to feminist discourse...Recommended -- . CHOICE, April 2008show more

About Mildred Mortimer

Mildred Mortimer is professor of French, University of Colorado at Boulder.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Space, Place, and Gender Chapter 2. Women and Public Space Chapter 3. The Nurturing Hearth Chapter 4. The Cold Hearth Chapter 5. Mobile Homes Chapter 6 Conclusionshow more