Opening Spaces: An Anthology of Contemporary African Women's Writing

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Author: Yvonne Vera

ISBN-10: 0435910108

ISBN-13: 9780435910105

Category: African Literature Anthologies

African women are seldom given the space to express their concerns, their ideas and their reflections about the societies in which they live. In situations where a good woman is expected to remain silent, literature can provide an important medium for the expression of deeply-felt and sometimes shocking views. In this anthology the award-winning author Yvonne Vera brings together the stories of many talented writers from different parts of Africa. The act as witnesses to the dramas of private...

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African women are seldom given the space to express their concerns, their ideas and their reflections about the societies in which they live. In situations where a good woman is expected to remain silent, literature can provide an important medium for the expression of deeply-felt and sometimes shocking views. In this anthology the award-winning author Yvonne Vera brings together the stories of many talented writers from different parts of Africa. The act as witnesses to the dramas of private and public life. Their stories challenge contemporary attitudes and behaviour, leaving no room for complacency.

PrefaceThe Girl Who Can - Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana)Deciduous Gazettes - Melissa Tandiwe Myambo (Zimbabwe)The Enigma - Lindsey Collen (Mauritius)The Red Velvet Dress - Farida Karodia (South Africa)Uncle Bunty - Norma Kitson (South Africa)The Betrayal - Veronique Tadjo (Cote D'Ivoire)The Museum - Leila Aboulela (Sudan)The Power of a Plate of Rice - Ifeoma Okoye (Nigeria)Stress - Lilia Momple (Mozambique)A State of Outrage - Sindiwe Magona (South Africa)Crocodile Tails - Chiedze Musengezi (Zimbabwe)Night Thoughts - Monde Sifuniso (Zambia)The Barrel of a Pen - Gugu Ndlovu (Zimbabwe)A Perfect Wife - Anna Doa (Mali)The Home-Coming - Milly Jafta (Namibia)Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements