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Roman africain francophone et écriture du corps féminin
by Hinderaker, Marie Elise, Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 167; 10683097
Abstract (Summary)

My dissertation, titled "Roman africain francophone et écriture du corps féminin" builds on existing scholarship on feminism in African literatures to trace the relation between modes of representation of the female body and its social as well as political implications. Going beyond a simple representation of the female body in the literature produced in French by African writers (both male and female), I argue that the woman's body has become one of the sites of (resistance to) power, both during colonization and after the independence in francophone Africa. In my dissertation, I use criticism by Odile Cazenave, Pierre Bourdieu, Gayatri Spivak and Julia Kristeva to show that the woman's body in Africa has literally become a metaphor for the whole nation. Ultimately, my dissertation analyzes the representation of the black female body in its usage, functions, space and its relationships to social and political powers. I also discuss the mental and structural conditions that made possible the mechanisms that facilitated the construction of a Western imaginary of black female body. Building on the peregrinations of the African woman most known as the Hottentot Venus, I furthermore argue that black female characters have been in a perpetual fight to reclaim their body, its usages, as the ultimate manifestation of their right to exist.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ancelet, Barry J.
Commitee: Barry, David A., Mielusel, Ramona, Tchumkam, Hervé
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Francophone Studies
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: African Studies, African literature, Womens studies, Language
Keywords: Biopolitique, Corps feminin, Ecriture, Feminisme, French, Race, Roman africain francophone
Publication Number: 10683097
ISBN: 978-0-355-85438-1
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