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Trances, Dances and Vociferations : Agency and Resistance in Africana Women's Narratives - Nada Elia

Trances, Dances and Vociferations

Agency and Resistance in Africana Women's Narratives

By: Nada Elia

Hardcover Published: 13th December 2000
ISBN: 9780815338420
Number Of Pages: 183

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Trances, Dances and Vociferations provides a compelling feminist analysis of gender politics in the works of four major Africana women writers: Toni Morrison, Michelle Cliff, Assia Djebar, and Paule Marshall. Nada Elia explores the way in which black women characters use conjuring, double entendre, and song to empower, liberate and determine their own female insurgency. She also explains how African and Afrodiasporic women have been forced to rewrite history and substitute a communal and individual wholeness for alienation and separation in many different settings, from Algeria to Oklahoma. Ranging over works including Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow, Djebar's A Sister to Scheherazade, Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven and Morrison's Jazz and Beloved, Elia offers essential and provocative insights into the works of some of our most influential Africana women authors today.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Pre-Text: In the Beginning All Was Soundp. 1
"The Fourth Language": Subaltern Expression in Assia Djebar's Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade and A Sister to Scheherazadep. 11
"The Memories of Old Women": Alternative History in Michelle Cliff's No Telephone to Heaven and Free Enterprisep. 43
"I'm Breaking My Vow of Silence": Reclaiming Speech in Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow and Daughtersp. 81
"Under the Weight of Memory and Music": Contact Zones and Healing in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon and Paradisep. 113
Conclusion: "With Nomad Memory and Intermittent Voice": The Africana Women's Aesthetic Traditionp. 149
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9780815338420
ISBN-10: 0815338422
Series: Garland Reference Library of the Humanities
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 183
Published: 13th December 2000
Publisher: GARLAND PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1