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- DescriptionFemale characters who suffer madness and insanity are strikingly prominent in vels by women writers of Africa and the Caribbean. To find out why there are so many suffocated hearts and tortured souls in this literature, Valerie Orlando, who has long studied Francophone text and culture, here closely reads the work of Aminata Sow Fall, Mariama Ba, Myrian Warner-Vieyra, and Simone Schwarz-Bart, among others. In these women's vels, Orlando finds, madness is the manifestation of a split identity, and in this study she sets herself the task of interrogating the nature of that identity. Francophone women velists of Africa and the Caribbean-though they come from countries whose unique experiences of colonialism, revolution, and postcolonial regimes have shaped specific and discrete cultures-express a common search for a meaningful relationship between their experience as women to the history and destiny of their nations. Only when woman ' is understood t as an ahistorical object but as a subject whose lived body is entwined with political, cultural, and ecomic structures, Orlando argues, will insanity finally give way to clarity of being. Interweaving literary citations with theoretical discussion, Suffocated Hearts and Tortured Souls is just as much a masterful explication of profoundly affecting literary work as it is an essential addition to feminist scholarship and theory.
- Author BiographyValerie Orlando is Associate Professor of French, specializing in Francophone Studies, at Illinois Wesleyan University. She is the author of Nomadic Voices of Exile: Feminine Identity in Francophone Literature of the Maghreb (1999).
- Author(s)Valerie K. Orlando
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication28/12/2002
- SubjectFiction Companions
- Series TitleAfter the Empire: The Francophone World & Postcolonial France
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Content Notebibliography, index
- Weight304 g
- Width151 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine15 mm
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