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Opposition et resistance dans la litterature feminine africaine et antillaise

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Russell,Tracy Mae (Author)
Publication Date:
Canada: Queen's University
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Literature, Women, Canada, Africa, Senegal, Patriarchy, Power relations, Cameroon, Agnant, Marie-Celie, 1953-, Bugul, Ken, 1947-, Beyala, Calixthe, 1961-
210 p., In African and Caribbean literature the question of power relations is omnipresent. It is identifiable in the literature of the independence period, which explored socio-cultural issues while African and Caribbean nations were emerging from the grip of colonial powers, and also in that of today, where developed countries and developing countries are still negotiating their relationship. While the Black woman is the first to feel the effects of power, because the latter is doubly marginalized as a woman and black, she has historically been silenced by a literary canon that does not leave her room for self-expression. Through an analysis of power relations between Black women and the patriarchal institution, we reveal the tactics that women use to endure the alienating systems in which they are located: (1) the rehabilitation of their sexuality (2) feminine solidarity (3) formal education (4) supernatural power and (5) the reexamination of Western values.