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Postcolonial Hauntologies

African Women's Discourses of the Female Body

Ayo A. Coly

Postcolonial Hauntologies
Postcolonial Hauntologies

Postcolonial Hauntologies

African Women's Discourses of the Female Body

Ayo A. Coly

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Postcolonial Hauntologies is an interdisciplinary analysis of critical, literary, visual, and performance texts by women from different parts of Africa. Ayo A. Coly employs the concepts of “hauntology” and “ghostly matters” to examine postcolonial silences surrounding the African female body as well as female sexuality in the art of African women.

“Coly makes her points with minimal jargon, using numerous beautifully illustrated and carefully explained examples from literature, dress code debates, photography, videography, and performance art from all over sub-Saharan Africa. . . . Coly’s analyses of individual pieces are nuanced and sensitive to varied (and contentious) interpretive possibilities. The book will be of interest to scholars and students in African, African diaspora, postcolonial, performance, gender, queer, and sexuality studies.”—A. H. Koblitz, Choice
 

“These wide-ranging examples from African women’s literature and visual and performance arts, and Ayo Coly’s extended analyses of them, copiously support her arguments concerning colonial images of African women’s bodies and sexuality, the concept of hauntology, and efforts to counter such postcolonial ‘ghosts’ from the past. Postcolonial Hauntologies is a thought-provoking and extremely well-researched work.”—Elisha Renne, author of Cloth That Does Not Die: The Meaning of Cloth in Bunu Social Life

“This essential analysis of literature and art in a single African woman–centered study fills an urgent void. This is a book that breaks ‘the silences of African feminist criticism on the sexual female body.’ I don’t think there has been such important scholarship in African feminism since the works of Oyèwùmí and Amadiume were written ten and twenty years ago, respectively. This rare and much-needed crossover study answers an important call by going beyond literature to incorporate comparative studies of the arts at the same time.”—Cheryl Toman, author of Women Writers of Gabon: Literature and Herstory

Ayo A. Coly is an associate professor of comparative literature and African studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of The Pull of Postcolonial Nationhood: Gender and Migration in Francophone African Literatures.

Specifications

  • Publisher
    University of Nebraska Press
  • Pub date
    Jun 2024
  • Pages
    262
  • Theme
    Literary studies: general
  • Dimensions
    229 x 152 mm
  • EAN
    9781496238887
  • Paperback
    Paperback
  • Language
    English

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