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Tangible Voice-Throwing: Empowering Corporeal Discourses in African Women’s Writing of Southern Africa


Bettina Weiss

This study is the first book-length analysis of African women’s writing of Southern Africa with a focus on writing the body. The thesis is that women are not voiceless, but hold a powerful, liberating potential: they «throw their voices» by implementing a strategic corporeal. Notably, this mode is not carried out in a way of emphasising corporeal difference by lack, but by attributing positive markers to the body. It reaches beyond a speaking which only represents women’s thoughts and emotions physically – a mode which might render the impression that they are incapable of expressing their conceptions and sentiments linguistically. It is an empowerment that reflects their skill to break up the bonds between language and body. This study is wide-ranging in its choice of authors and themes.


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Biobibliography on Selected Women Writers 265


Biobibliography an Selected Women Writers Neshani Andreas was born in Walvisbay, Namibia, in 1964. Andreas sets her Erst published novel The Purple Violet of Oshaantu in a fictitious village fax up in northern Namibia. The story gives a detailed view of Owambo culture and is particular in its message: the protagonist, Kauna, uses voicelessness as an instrument of sabotage and as a means of liberating power. Andreas works at the UNHCR, Namibia, where she conducts educational programs for refugees. Published works: 256 The Putpk Violet of Oshaantu (2001). Dianne Case was born in Woodstock, South Africa, in 1955. She works as an accountant, writes in her spare time and supports street children. She was nominated "Woman of the Year" award in recognition for her work among street children a few years ago. She owns her own publishing company, Kwagga Publishers in Wynberg. Her books are written for Young readers. Toasted Penis and Cheese, her latest published novel, is her first adult book. Published works: Albatross Winter (1980), Laue, David (1986), 92 „Omens Road (1991), Madam, This is Annie (1996), You Are a Winter.! (1998), Toasted Penis and Cheese (1999), and short stories such as for example "The Crossing" (1995). 256 Published works include novels and an excerpt of short stories written in English. Though some writers may also have written essays, articles and/or other media features in English as well as fiction and non-fiction in other languages. 265 Biobibliograpby an Selected Women Writers Bessie Head was born in South Africa...

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