Postcolonial Hauntologies: African Women's Discourses of the Female Body by Ayo A. ColyPostcolonial Hauntologies: African Women's Discourses of the Female Body by Ayo A. Coly

Postcolonial Hauntologies: African Women's Discourses of the Female Body

byAyo A. Coly

Hardcover | June 1, 2019

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Postcolonial Hauntologies is an interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of critical, literary, visual, and performance texts by women from different parts of Africa. While contemporary critical thought and feminist theory have largely integrated the sexual female body into their disciplines, colonial representations of African women's sexuality "haunt" contemporary postcolonial African scholarship which-by maintaining a culture of avoidance about women's sexuality-generates a discursive conscription that ultimately holds the female body hostage. Ayo A. Coly employs the concept of "hauntology" and "ghostly matters" to formulate an explicative framework in which to examine postcolonial silences surrounding the African female body as well as a theoretical framework for discerning the elusive and cautious presences of female sexuality in the texts of African women.
In illuminating the pervasive silence about the sexual female body in postcolonial African scholarship, Postcolonial Hauntologies challenges hostile responses to critical and artistic voices that suggest the African female body represents sacred ideological-discursive ground on which one treads carefully, if at all. Coly demonstrates how "ghosts" from the colonial past are countered by discursive engagements with explicit representations of women's sexuality and bodies that emphasize African women's power and autonomy.
Ayo A. Coly is an associate professor of comparative literature and African studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures.    
Title:Postcolonial Hauntologies: African Women's Discourses of the Female BodyFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 2019Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1496211898

ISBN - 13:9781496211897


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1. The African Female Body: From Colonial Inscription to Postcolonial Conscription
2. Haunted Silences: African Feminist Criticism and the Specter of Sarah Baartman
3. Spectral Female Sexualities: The Politics of Sexual Pleasure in Women's Literatures
4. Subversive and Pedagogical Hauntologies: The Unclothed Female Body in Visual and Performance Arts
5. Laying Specters to Rest? On Bringing Sarah Baartman Home    

Editorial Reviews

"This essential analysis of literature and art in a single African woman-centered study fills an urgent void. This is a book that breaks 'the silences of African feminist criticism on the sexual female body.' I don't think there has been such important scholarship in African feminism since the works of Oyèwùmí and Amadiume were written ten and twenty years ago, respectively. This rare and much-needed crossover study answers an important call by going beyond literature to incorporate comparative studies of the arts at the same time."-Cheryl Toman, author of Women Writers of Gabon: Literature and Herstory - Cheryl Toman - 20180914