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Africana Women Writers : Performing Diaspora, Staging Healing

By: Marzette, DeLinda.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 2013Description: 1 online resource (166 p.).ISBN: 9781453901885.Subject(s): Drama --Black authors -- History and criticism | English drama --Women authors --Themes, motives | Women, Black -- Latin America -- History | Women, Black, in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Africana Women Writers : Performing Diaspora, Staging HealingDDC classification: 809.2/9928708996 LOC classification: F1419.N4PN1650.W65Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments ix; Introduction: Performing Diaspora, Staging Healing 1; 1. Making Rite: W/Riting Renewal in an Age of Lunacy in Selected Works of Nicole Werewere Liking 11; 2. Coming to Voice: Navigating the Interstices in Plays by Winsome Pinnock 29; 3. Diasporic Fissures and Afro-Caribbean Identity in the Plays of Simone Schwarz-Bart and Maryse Condé 55; 4. Who Measures the Power of Woman in Spoons and Scales? Womens' Worth in Tess Onwueme's Tell it to Women 83; 5. For Colored Girls: Treading Storms, Discovering Rainbows 107
Conclusion: Voyages of Diaspora: Africana Women Playwrights 131Notes 137; Bibliography 145
Summary: Africana Women Writers: Performing Diaspora, Staging Healing focuses on contemporary literary works, plays in particular, written after 1976 by Africana women writers. From a cross-cultural, transnational perspective, the author examines how these women writers - emanating from Cameroon (Nicole Werewere Liking), Britain (Winsome Pinnock), Guadeloupe (Maryse Conde and Simone Schwartz-Bart), Nigeria (Tess Onwueme), and the United States (Ntozake Shange) - move beyond static, conventional notions regarding blackness and being female and reconfigure newer identities and spaces to thrive. DeLinda Marzette explores the numerous ways these women writers create black female agency and vital, energizing communities. Contextually, she uses the term diaspora to refer to the mass dispersal of peoples from their homelands - herein Africa - to other global locations; objects of diasporic dispersal, these individuals then become a kind of migrant, physically and psychologically. Each author shares a diasporic heritage; hence, much of their subjects, settings, and themes express diaspora consciousness. Marzette explores who these women are, how they define themselves, how they convey and experience their worlds, how they broach, loosen, and explode the multiple yokes of race, class, and gender-based oppression and exploitation in their works. What is fostered, encouraged, shunned, ignored - the spoken, the unspoken and, perhaps, the unspeakable - are all issues of critical exploration. Ultimately, all the women of this study depend on female bonds for survival, enrichment, healing, and hope. The plays by these women are especially important in that they add a diverse dimension to the standard dramatic canon.
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Cover; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments ix; Introduction: Performing Diaspora, Staging Healing 1; 1. Making Rite: W/Riting Renewal in an Age of Lunacy in Selected Works of Nicole Werewere Liking 11; 2. Coming to Voice: Navigating the Interstices in Plays by Winsome Pinnock 29; 3. Diasporic Fissures and Afro-Caribbean Identity in the Plays of Simone Schwarz-Bart and Maryse Condé 55; 4. Who Measures the Power of Woman in Spoons and Scales? Womens' Worth in Tess Onwueme's Tell it to Women 83; 5. For Colored Girls: Treading Storms, Discovering Rainbows 107

Conclusion: Voyages of Diaspora: Africana Women Playwrights 131Notes 137; Bibliography 145

Africana Women Writers: Performing Diaspora, Staging Healing focuses on contemporary literary works, plays in particular, written after 1976 by Africana women writers. From a cross-cultural, transnational perspective, the author examines how these women writers - emanating from Cameroon (Nicole Werewere Liking), Britain (Winsome Pinnock), Guadeloupe (Maryse Conde and Simone Schwartz-Bart), Nigeria (Tess Onwueme), and the United States (Ntozake Shange) - move beyond static, conventional notions regarding blackness and being female and reconfigure newer identities and spaces to thrive. DeLinda Marzette explores the numerous ways these women writers create black female agency and vital, energizing communities. Contextually, she uses the term diaspora to refer to the mass dispersal of peoples from their homelands - herein Africa - to other global locations; objects of diasporic dispersal, these individuals then become a kind of migrant, physically and psychologically. Each author shares a diasporic heritage; hence, much of their subjects, settings, and themes express diaspora consciousness. Marzette explores who these women are, how they define themselves, how they convey and experience their worlds, how they broach, loosen, and explode the multiple yokes of race, class, and gender-based oppression and exploitation in their works. What is fostered, encouraged, shunned, ignored - the spoken, the unspoken and, perhaps, the unspeakable - are all issues of critical exploration. Ultimately, all the women of this study depend on female bonds for survival, enrichment, healing, and hope. The plays by these women are especially important in that they add a diverse dimension to the standard dramatic canon.

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DeLinda Marzette is Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. Her PhD is from the University of Houston, and her BA is from Dillard University in New Orleans. Her literary research examines the way in which Africana women writers negotiate issues of displacement, alienation, and cultural hybridity.

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