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AFRICAN WOMEN WRITERS : CONFIGURING CHANGE AT THE INTERFACE OF POLITICS AND FICTION

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Claire H. Griffiths

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Claire H Griffiths is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Chester in the UK, formerly senior research fellow in francophone African Studies at the WISE Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. Her research explores political discourses of development and change in the former French colonies with particular reference to Africa and the Caribbean. Her current book project focuses on methods employed by francophone African and Caribbean visual artists to contest globalised discourses of development in the francophone developing areas.
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This article explores the space between politics and literature occupied by feminist writers in Francophone Africa. In the social realist novel, these writers have established an arena in which to engage in the politics of gender, modernity and change in Francophone sub‐Saharan Africa and articulate a culturally‐located discourse of development. The reception of this literary genre in its locality helps reposition the discourse of gender and development within the region, offering a culturally‐embedded voice in the gender and development debate that has been marginalised in the framing of the international development agenda for Africa over the past half century.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/relief.651
How to Cite: Griffiths, C.H., (2011). AFRICAN WOMEN WRITERS : CONFIGURING CHANGE AT THE INTERFACE OF POLITICS AND FICTION. RELIEF - REVUE ÉLECTRONIQUE DE LITTÉRATURE FRANÇAISE. 5(1), pp.1–18. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/relief.651
Publié le 09 Nov 2011.
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