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L'essai africain au fminin: parcours thmatique

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The expansion of women's literature has heralded a new period within the literary history of North and Sub-Saharan Africa. The writing processes and the themes dealt with by these women authors, particularly since the 1980s, point to a significant change in the total literary output of the new literary generations of the continent. If women's fiction has clearly become a necessary point of reference, from both the production and the reception points of view, it seems appropriate that the important body of non-fictional writings (i.e. essays) that has appeared in recent years should be examined. This article analyses the essays of women authors as well as minority writings that show the basic axes along which the search for identity is constructed, a search marked by the female condition and its postcolonial background. These reflections on female itineraries will hopefully help define and describe the type of discourse which, far from rejecting claims of identity, tries to point out the pitfalls and obstacles it must negotiate today.
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Keywords: construction identitaire; essai; littrature africaine; littrature francophone; littrature postcoloniale; nomadisme scriptural; tudes culturelles; tudes sur le genre

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Universidad de Alicante. 2: Universidad de Cdiz.

Publication date: 2006-04-01

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