Ama Ata Aidoo

Ama Ata Aidoo (äm´ä ätä´ä ī´dōō) (Christina Ama Ata Aidoo), 1942–, Ghanaian author, poet, and playwright, grad. Univ. of Ghana (B.A., 1964). Combining traditional African storytelling with Western genres, she writes of the contemporary roles of African women and the negative impact of Western influences on African culture. Her first play, The Dilemma of a Ghost, was published in 1965. Her short stories, collected in No Sweetness Here (1970) and The Girl Who Can (1997), and her novel, Our Sister Killjoy (1977), expand on these themes, many of which mirror Aidoo's own experiences. Her other works include the play Anowa (1980), the poems of Someone Talking to Sometime (1985), Birds (1987), and Angry Letter in January (1992); a collection of children's stories (1986); and the novel Changes: A Love Story (1991), which explores a contemporary African marriage.

See V. O. Odamtten, The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo (1994), A. U. Azodo and G. Wilentz, ed., Emerging Perspectives on Ama Ata Aidoo (1997).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Rethinking the Specter: Ama Ata Aidoo's Anowa
Karavanta, Assimina.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 34, No. 4, December 2001
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Arms Akimbo: Africana Women in Contemporary Literature
Janice Lee Liddell; Yakini Belinda Kemp.
University Press of Florida, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "'Devouring Gods' and 'Sacrificial Animals': The Male-Female Relationship in Ama Ata Aidoo's Changes: A Love Story" and Chap. 11 "The Politics of Exile: Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy"
Reading the Shape of the World: Toward An International Cultural Studies
Henry Schwarz; Richard Dienst.
Westview Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 14 "In Search of Sweetness: The Diaspora as a Cultural Idea in the Work of Ama Ata Aidoo"
Gender and Germanness: Cultural Productions of Nation
Patricia Herminghouse; Magda Mueller.
Berghahn Books, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "Germany Is Full of Germans Now: Germanness in Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy and Chantal Akerman's Meetings with Anna"
Black Women, Writing, and Identity: Migrations of the Subject
Carole Boyce Davies.
Routledge, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Deconstructing African Female Subjectivities: Anowa's Borderlands"
Gender in African Women's Writing: Identity, Sexuality, and Difference
Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi.
Indiana University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "(Re)Constructing Identity and Subjectivity: Buchi Emecheta, Ama Ata Aidoo, Tsitsi Dangarembga"
A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English
Erin Fallon; R. C. Feddersen; James Kurtzleben; Maurice A. Lee; Susan Rochette-Crawley.
Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ama Ata Aidoo begins on p. 12
Encyclopedia of African Literature
Simon Gikandi.
Routledge, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Ama Ata Aidoo begins on p. 14
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