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In 2002, at the annual Zimbabwe International Book Fair, twelve literary books by African women were included for the first time in the category of “Africas 100 Best Books of the Twentieth Century.” This was an important but belated affirmation of women writers on the continent and a first step toward establishing a recognized canon of African womens literature.

The Twelve Best Books by African Women is a collection of critical essays on eleven works of fiction and one play. The titles by African women that were included in the list of “Africas 100 Best Books of the Twentieth Century” are: Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo (1970); A Question of Power, Bessie Head (1974); Woman at Point Zero, Nawal El Saadawi (1975); The Beggars Strike, Aminata Sow Fall (1979); Burgers Daughter, Nadine Gordimer (1979); The Joys of Motherhood, Buchi Emesheta (1979); So Long a Letter, Mariama Bâ (1980); Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade, Assia Djebar (1983); Nervous Conditions, Tsitsi Dangarembga (1988); Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night, Sindiwe Magona (1991); Butterfly Burning, Yvonne Vera (1998); Riwan ou le chemin de sable, Ken Bugul (1999).

This collection of original essays recognizes the gesture of inclusion as an important shift in consciousness and creates a fresh awareness of the literary works by African women writers. Each essay offers a penetrating analysis of individual texts and opens up a fresh perspective that allows scholars and students alike to explore new dimensions of these writers work.

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In 2002, at the annual Zimbabwe International Book Fair, twelve literary works by African women were included for the first time in the category of "Africa's 100 Best Books of the Twentieth Century." The books were originally published between 1970 and 1999, by authors including Tsitsi Dangarembga, Sindiwe Magona, and Yvonne Vera. The literary tradition that they unveil speaks to the plight of an indigent underclass and the psychological repercussions of ignoring the wounding from the past. Critical essays collected here offer analyses of all 12 works, accessible to scholars and students alike. Penned by female scholars located at educational institutions around the world, the essays address the African authors' stances toward African history, language issues, and the ways in which the books deal with matters of gender, memory, culture, and race. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi, professor of literature and the founding chair of global studies, is currently faculty emerita, Sarah Lawrence College. Her publications include Juju Fission: Womens Alternative Fictions from the Sahara, the Kalahari, and the Oases In-between and Africa Wo/Man Palava: The Nigerian Novel by Women.


Tuzyline Jita Allan teaches at Baruch College, City University of New York. She is the author of the award-winning book Womanist and Feminist Aesthetics: A Comparative Review; coeditor of Literature Around the Globe; and editor of Teaching African Literatures in Global Economy, a special edition of Womens Studies Quarterly.

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Ogunyemi, Chikwene Okonjo
Ohio University Press
Ogunyemi, Chikwene Okonjo; Allan, Tuzyline Jita
Allan, Tuzyline Jita
Allan, Tuzyline Jita
Women Authors
Women in literature
Africa In literature.
Literary Criticism : General
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Ohio RIS Africa Series
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