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Reinventing epistolarity: Contemporary Africana women's fiction, citizenship, and human rights

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Walker,Carrie J. (Author)
Publication Date:
Nebraska: The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Jamaica, Blacks, Literature, Women, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Human rights, Africa, Ramsay, Paulette, Epistolarity, Magona, Sindiwe, 1943-, Maraire, J. Nozipo, 1964
232 p., Calls attention to the renewed popularity of the epistolary novel among Africana contemporary women writers. This work investigates why, since the late nineteen-seventies, there has been a resurgence of this classic form among women writers across the Black Atlantic. The adoption of this genre among women writers in post-colonial contexts is especially significant because the classic epistolary novel was a medium that often endorsed notions of female submission and imperialist ambition. At the same time, the epistolary tradition connotes a revolutionary history. With this idea in mind, the author argues that an examination of how contemporary women revise the epistolary novel offers a crucial perspective regarding the struggles of women throughout various geographic locations and social strata in relation to nation, citizenship, and selfhood. This project focuses on how Sindiwe Magona, Nozipo Maraire, and Paulette Ramsay "reinvent epistolarity," using the epistolary genre to make interventions in the public sphere by depicting Africana women's experiences of education, marriage, inheritance, and health.