Magazine article New Internationalist

African Women Writing Resistance

Magazine article New Internationalist

African Women Writing Resistance

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African Women Writing Resistance edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Pauline Dongala, Omotayo Jolaosho and Anne Serafin (Pambazuka Press, ISBN 9780857490209)

This fresh and startling collection of contemporary African women's writing deserves a much wider lience than African or literature or women's studies courses. Bringing together personal narratives, interviews, short stories, poems, scripts and lyrics, it has contributions from some big names such as Nawal al Sadawi, Wangari Mathai and Sen* Atta. But some of the internationally less well-known voices are equally good value.

Take the lucid, candid, and deceptively simple poems of Kenyan Ann Kithaka for example.

Or the angry, wild Wolof wedding songs of Senegal's Marame Gueye that hurl earthy abuse at the women, men and the tradition of polygamy itself. …

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