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Don't Whisper Too Much and Portrait of a Young Artiste from Bona Mbella

Frieda Ekotto (author)

ISBN: 9781684480289

Publication Date: Apr 2019

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Don't Whisper Too Much was the first work of fiction by an African writer to present love stories between African women in a positive light. Bona Mbella is the second. In presenting the emotional and romantic lives of gay, African women, Ekotto comments upon larger issues that affect these women.
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Don't Whisper Too Much was the first work of fiction by an African writer to present love stories between African women in a positive light. Bona Mbella is the second. In presenting the emotional and romantic lives of gay, African women, Ekotto comments upon larger issues that affect these women, including Africa as a post-colonial space, the circulation of knowledge, and the question of who writes history. In recounting the beauty and complexity of relationships between women who love women, Ekotto inscribes these stories within African history, both past and present. Don't Whisper Too Much follows young village girl Ada's quest to write her story on her own terms, outside of heteronormative history. Bona Mbella focuses upon the life of a young woman from a poor neighborhood in an African megalopolis. And "Panè," a love story, brings the many themes from Don't Whisper Much and Bona Mbella together as it explores how emotional and sexual connections between women have the power to transform, even in the face of great humiliation and suffering. Each story in the collection addresses how female sexuality is often marked by violence, and yet is also a place for emotional connection, pleasure and agency.
Pages 180
Dimensions 203 x 127
Date Published 30 Apr 2019
Publisher Bucknell University Press
Series The Griot Project Book Series
Subject/s Anthologies (non-poetry)   Gender studies: women   Gay & Lesbian studies   Fiction   African history  
Frieda Ekotto is Chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her early work involves an interdisciplinary exploration of the interactions among philosophy, law, literature and African cinema. Her most recent book is entitled What Color is Black? Race and Sex across the French Atlantic.

Corine Tachtiris translates literature primarily by contemporary women authors from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Czech Republic. She holds an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Michigan. She teaches world literature and translation theory and practice.

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