Chantal Kalisa examines the ways in which women writers lift taboos imposed on them by their society and culture and challenge readers with their unique perspectives on violence. Comparing women from different places and times, Kalisa treats types of violence such as colonial, familial, linguistic, and war-related, specifically linked to dictatorship and genocide. She examines Caribbean writers Michele Lacrosil, Simone Schwartz-Bart, Gisèle Pineau, and Edwidge Danticat, and Africans Ken Begul, Calixthe Beyala, Nadine Bar, and Monique Ilboudo. She also includes Sembène Ousmane and Frantz Fanon
Title page; Copyright page; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Geographies of Pain; 1. Exclusion as Violence: Frantz Fanon, Black Women, and Colonial Violence; 2. Representing Colonial Violence: Michèle Lacrosil's Cajou, Ken Bugul's Le baobab fou, and Ousmane Sembène's La noire de . . .; 3. Writing Familial Violence: Storytelling and Intergenerational Violence in Simone Schwarz-Bart'sPluie et vent sur Télumée Miracle and Calixthe Beyala's Tu t' appelleras Tanga 4. Sites of Violence: Language, the Body, and Women's Deterritorialization in Gisèle Pineau's L'espérance-macadam and Calixthe Beyala's C'est le soleil qui m'a brûlée5. War and Political Violence: Nadine Bari's, Edwidge Danticat's, and Monique Ilboudo's Literary Responses to Gender and Conflict; Conclusion; Notes; Works Cited; Index
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