Imagined Realities, Defying Subjects: Voice, Sexuality, and Subversion in African Women's Writing


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships




This project explores women’s experiences and expressions through an examination of writings by African women from the 1960s to the present. It takes into account analytical, narrative and stylistic observations that the writers employ to respond to the colonial and patriarchal structures that over the years have relegated the African woman to a domestic sphere. After discussing the problematics of African women within a patriarchal frame of reference, it focuses on the complex ways in which the writers have challenged or reformulated societal and familial roles, negotiated tradition, responded to political and cultural issues, and formulated a literary and feminist aesthetic.