Your Madness, Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon

Your Madness Not Mine Stories of Cameroon Women s writing in Cameroon has so far been dominated by Francophone writers The short stories in this collection represent the yearnings and vision of an Anglophone woman who writes both as a Camero

  • Title: Your Madness, Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon
  • Author: Makuchi
  • ISBN: 9780896802063
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • Women s writing in Cameroon has so far been dominated by Francophone writers The short stories in this collection represent the yearnings and vision of an Anglophone woman, who writes both as a Cameroonian and as a woman whose life has been shaped by the minority status her people occupy within the nation state.The stories in Your Madness, Not Mine are about postcolonialWomen s writing in Cameroon has so far been dominated by Francophone writers The short stories in this collection represent the yearnings and vision of an Anglophone woman, who writes both as a Cameroonian and as a woman whose life has been shaped by the minority status her people occupy within the nation state.The stories in Your Madness, Not Mine are about postcolonial Cameroon, but especially about Cameroonian women, who probe their day to day experiences of survival and empowerment as they deal with gender oppression from patriarchal expectations to the malaise of maldevelopment, unemployment, and the attraction of the West for young Cameroonians.Makuchi has given us powerful portraits of the people of postcolonial Africa in the so called global village who too often go unseen and unheard.

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    About Author

    1. Juliana Makuchi Nfah Abbenyi is Professor of English and Comparative Literature She holds doctorates from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, and from McGill University, Montreal, Canada Her research is in Postcolonial and World Literatures, Literary Theory, Gender and Women s Studies She has lectured nationally and internationally in these fields Her extensive publications include three books Gender in African Women s Writing Identity, Sexuality, and Difference Indiana University Press , Your Madness, Not Mine Stories of Cameroon Ohio University Press and The Sacred Door and Other Stories Cameroon Folktales of the Beba Ohio University Press She writes fiction under the pen name, Makuchi from bookshybooks 2014

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    1. Living in a tiny village in rural francophone Cameroon, I ll admit that I sometimes forget the extent of the social and political tension between what my region represents and the nearby anglophone parts of the country This book helps give a voice to the areas that are often thought of as the minority while showing how they fit into the nation as a whole Though often exploited and neglected, these stories show a people willing to fight back even in minor ways The writing switches between English [...]


    2. This collection was really powerful, and I loved how the dialogue was a mix of English, pidgin, tribal languages, and French just like what you actually hear on the streets here While the stories as a whole are not exactly uplifting, the protagonists most of whom are women find ways to fight the system, or at the very least, to maintain their dignity I had to do some quick research on IMF World Bank structural adjustment programs from the 90s to understand the plight of some of the characters, a [...]


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