Women Writing Africa - The Southern Region

ISBN-10: 1558614079
ISBN-13: 9781558614079
Edition: 2003
List price: $29.95
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Description: This book brings together over 120 selections by women in six countries of southern Africa, in English and in translation from over 20 different languages, ranging from wedding songs and work songs to letters, prison diaries, poetry, memoirs, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

This book brings together over 120 selections by women in six countries of southern Africa, in English and in translation from over 20 different languages, ranging from wedding songs and work songs to letters, prison diaries, poetry, memoirs, and recent testimony before South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The famous are here (Doris Lessing, Sindiwe Magona, and more), but most of the voices are new, and they open up worlds too long excluded from the history books. The authoritative, readable introductory notes to each selection provide essential background and biography, but whether the context is the German genocide of the Herero people during WW I or today's AIDS epidemic in Botswana, the focus always is on how it affects the daily lives of people at home. One of the most moving pieces is about the Widows of the Reserves, their husbands torn away as migrant labourers, the women alone with work and family. The first in a projected series of four regional African collections, this is a must for women's studies and African history and literature collections.

Gloria Naylor is an African American novelist and educator. She was born on January 25, 1950 in New York City. She attended Medgar Evans College, Brooklyn College of CUNY and Yale University. Naylor has taught at institutions such as George Washington University, the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Princeton University, and Boston University. After reading the novelist Toni Morrison, Naylor was compelled to become a writer and composed The Women of Brewster Place, which received the American Book Award for Best First Novel and became a film in 1989.

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