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Expanding Feminist and Political Consciousness: Six African Authors (Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention)

Philadelphia, PA
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
Event: Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, British, Gender & Sexuality, Women's Studies, World Literatures, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2021-03-11 to 2021-03-14 Abstract Due: 2020-09-30 Submit Abstract

In her article, “Adichie’s Genealogies: National and Feminine Novels,” Susan Andrade notes that “the history of the novel in Africa offers repeated examples of a triangulation that joins two female writers to each other and to the politics of their times.” In this context Andrade refers to interconnections between Buchi Emecheta and Flora Nwapa; Mariama Bâ and Aminata Sow Fall; Chimananda Ngozi Adichie and Tsitsi Dangarembga. This panel seeks to build on Andrade’s observations by exploring the interrelationships and distinctions between two or more of these six important African writers. How have the novels by these specific authors expanded our understanding of African cultures, politics, and literary traditions? How have their novels widened feminist and political consciousness in their respective nations and beyond? Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words and be submitted via the Northeast Modern Language Association website. Go to http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html



Thomas Jay Lynn