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Africa Wo/Man Palava offers the first close look at eight Nigerian women writers and proposes a new vernacular theory based on their work. Flora Nwapa, Adaora Lily Ulasi, Buchi Emecheta, Funmilayo Fakunle, Ifeoma Okoye, Zaynab Alkali, Eno Obong, and Simi Bedford are the writers Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi considers. African womanism, an emerging model of female discourse, is at the heart of their writing. In their work, female resistance shifts from the idea of palava, or trouble, to a focus on consensus, compromise, and cooperation; it tackles sexism, totalitarianism, and ethnic prejudice. Such inclusiveness, Ogunyemi shows, stems from an emphasis on motherhood, acknowledging that everyone is a mother's child, capable of creating palava and generating a compromise.

Ogunyemi uses the novels to trace a Nigerian women's literary tradition that reflects an ideology centered on children and community. Of prime importance is the paradoxical Mammywata figure, the independent, childless mother, who serves as a basis for the new woman in these novels. Ogunyemi tracks this figure through many permutations, from matriarch to exile to woman writer, her multiple personalities reflecting competing loyalties—to self and other, children and nation. Such fragmented personalities characterize the postcolonial condition in their writing. Mapping geographies of pain and endurance, the work opens a space for addressing the palava between different groups of people. Valuable as the first sustained critical study of a substantial but little known body of literature, this book also counters the shortcomings of prevailing "masculinist" theories of black literature in a powerful narrative of the Nigerian world.

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Presents original research in areas such as optimal and robust controllers for periodic and multirate systems; discrete-time robust adaptive control systems; zero-placement of periodically compensated discrete-time plants; robust fault detection and isolation systems; and absolute stability of discrete nonlinear feedback systems. Includes a review and discussion of new directions in continuous and discrete-time Lyapunov equations.
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Synopsis:

Ogunyemi offers the first close look at eight Nigerian women writers and a new vernacular theory based on their work, tracing a literary tradition centered on children and community, and countering prevailing "masculinist" theories of black literature in a powerful narrative of the Nigerian world.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Catharine R. Stimpson

Acknowledgments

Firing Can(n)ons: Salvos by African Women Writers 

1: An Excursion into Woman's (S)(p)ace

    The Myths of Osun and Odu: Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Secrets of

    Verbal Authority

    The Mammywata Myth as Gendered Insurance

    Chi/Ori, or, The Mother Within

    Omunwa/Iyalode, or, The Mother Without, or, The Daughter-of-the-Soil

    The Ogbanje/Abiku Complex: Mother as Jinxed Care Giver

    A Taste of Women in Nigeria: The Sweet Mother, The Bitter Wife, The Sour

    Widow, The Salt of the Earth 

2: (En)gender(ing) Discourse: Palaver-Palava and African Womanism

    Palavering: Bones of Contention

    African Womanist Ideology 

3: Flora Nwapa: Genesis and Matrix

    Strategies in the Palaver

    Uhamiri and the Secrets of the Ugwuta Homestead

    Efuru: In Search of the Mother

    Twice-Told Tales: Idu Revisited

    Never Again: The War to End All Wars

    One Is Enough: Bitter Wife, Sweet Mother

    Women Are Different: Stasis

    Nwapa's Political Acuity: "A Woman Protects a Man"—Silently 

4: Adaora Lily Ulasi: Juju Fiction

    The Magic of Confusion: A Long (Overdue) Introduction

    Many Thing You No Understand: The Curse of Ignorance

    Many Thing Begin for Change: For Better, For Worse

    The Night Harry Died: Resurrection and the Arts of Divination

    Who Is Jonah?: From the Belly of the Fish

    The Man from Sagamu: Divine Mediation

    "Ise," Say I—To That Prayer of Ulasi's 

5: Buchi Emecheta: The Been-to (Bintu) Novel

    The Been-to (Dis)Advantage

    In the Ditch: But Conditions Are looking Up

    Second-Class Citizen: First-Rate Woman

    The Bride Price: What Price Freedom?

    The Slave Girl: Slave Traffickers and Vernacular Ethics

    The Joys of Motherhood and the Throes of Fatherhood

    Destination Biafra: Humpty-Dumpty and Daughters-of-the-Soil

    Double Yoke: Double Yolk and Yokefellows

    The Family: Uncovered Secrets

    Kehinde: Bintu and the Search for a Home 

6: Fakunle, Okoye, Alkali, Eno Obong, Bedford: Siddon Look

    Sweet Mothers: The Present Generation

    Funmilayo Fakunle: Opening the Secrets in the Calabash

    Ifeoma Okoye: Maladies, Malaise, and National Recovery

    Zaynab Alkali: Salts and Preservation

    Eno Obong: Mammywata to the Rescue

    Simi Bedford: Home as Exile and Exile as Home

    Holding Fire: For Home and Country 

Works Cited

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226620855
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Author:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword by:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Author:
Ogunyemi, Chikwenye Okonjo
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
African
Subject:
Fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Women in literature
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Nigerian fiction (English) -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Nigerian fiction
Subject:
Nigerian fiction (English) - Women authors -
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
366
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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