The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures by Ayo A. ColyThe Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures by Ayo A. Coly

The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures

byAyo A. Coly

Hardcover | June 23, 2010

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While the male-dominated Francophone African migrant literary tradition includes women writers, there is no study that attends to this subgroup of writers. The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures pioneers the study of these writers as a category through an examination of three major women who exemplify the Francophone African female migrant literary tradition: Ken Bugul, Calixthe Beyala, and Fatou Diome. By studying these women together, Ayo A. Coly innovatively introduces gender into prevailing theories of Francophone African migrant literatures. These theories, in line with the current surge of postnationalism in cultural criticism, claim that questions of home and nationhood are obsolete for the present generation of Francophone African migrant writers, but this book shows that the opposite is true in the texts of these writers. Coly is thus able to demonstrate how claims of postnationalism are often skewed by gender-blind understandings of nationalism, namely a failure to consider that women have traditionally been the sites for discourses and practices of nationalism. Amid the negative currency of home and nation in contemporary cultural criticism, including postcolonial criticism, this book contends that home remains a politically, ideologically, and emotionally loaded matter for postcolonial subjects.
Ayo A. Coly is assistant professor of comparative literature and African studies at Dartmouth College.
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Title:The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African LiteraturesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.41 × 6.45 × 0.74 inPublished:June 23, 2010Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739145118

ISBN - 13:9780739145111

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Of Uprooted and Deterritorialized Africans Part 2 Part I. Ken Bugul: From Self-Imposed Exile to Constrained Homecoming Chapter 3 Chapter 1: The (non)Place of the Daughter of the Postcolonial House: Le Baobab fou and Cendres et braises Chapter 4 Chapter 2: No Place Like the (non)Place: Striving to Come Home in Cendres et braises and Riwan ou le chemin de sable Part 5 Part II. Calixthe Beyala: The Conflicted Immigrant Standpoint Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Aborted Postnationalism? C'est le soleil qui m'a brûlée and Tu t'appelleras Tanga Chapter 7 Chapter 4: (Un)Writing France as Home: The Belleville Novels Chapter 8 Chapter 5: From African Guest to Afro-French Hostess: Producing an Acceptable Immigrant Geography of Home in Amours Sauvages Part 9 Part III. Fatou Diome: The Anti-Immigrant Standpoint Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Globalization and the Revival of the Anticolonial and Nationalist narrative of Home: La préférence nationale and Le ventre de l'Atlantique Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Bounded Homelessness as a Strategy: La préférence nationale and Le ventre de l'Atlantique Chapter 12 Conclusion: Reinstating the Nation as an object of Postcolonially Correct Interest

Editorial Reviews

The volume is well-researched and shows a broad and deep familiarity with existing critical work on the texts at hand. Coly perhaps nods to fellow theorists more than necessary in a work that makes so many significant contributions of its own. However, this may be a strength for its use in teaching; as it provides a fine overview of the field.