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The Senegalese Novel by Women

Through Their Own Eyes


Susan Stringer O'Keeffe

Senegal has to date produced the largest group of women writers in French-speaking West Africa. The Senegalese Novel by Women examines the novels and autobiographies published since 1975, focussing on the works of Nafissatou Diallo, Mariama Ba and Aminata Sow Fall, while also paying significant attention to novelists such as Ken Bugul and Aminata Maïga Ka. The analysis illuminates the gender perspective of the writers, particularly with regard to the special position of women in the conflict between tradition and modernity. It also reveals their determination to equal their male counterparts in the teacher-educator role.