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Comparative Feminist Studies

Ethics and Human Rights in Anglophone African Women’s Literature

Feminist Empathy

Authors: Eze, Chielozona

  • Contributes to the discourse of Anglophone African women’s literature through its focus on feminist empathy as an interpretive model
  • Addresses the ethical implications of literature by engaging a variety of topics including human rights, women’s rights, and genital mutilation
  • Offers new readings of Anglophone African writing by arguing that they displace postcolonial references of empire
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About this book

This book proposes feminist empathy as a model of interpretation in the works of contemporary Anglophone African women writers. The African woman’s body is often portrayed as having been disabled by the patriarchal and sexist structures of society. Returning to their bodies as a point of reference, rather than the postcolonial ideology of empire, contemporaryAfrican women writers demand fairness and equality. By showing how this literature deploys imaginative shifts in perspective with women experiencing unfairness, injustice, or oppression because of their gender, Chielozona Eze argues that by considering feminist empathy, discussions open up about how this literature directly addresses the systems that put them in disadvantaged positions. This book, therefore, engages a new ethical and human rights awareness in African literary and cultural discourses, highlighting the openness to reality that is compatible with African multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and increasingly cosmopolitan communities.

About the authors

Chielozona Eze is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Northeastern Illinois University, USA. He has held fellowships including the UCLA Global Fellowship and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS). 

Reviews

“A remarkable work, both for its compassion and critical insights, Chielozona Eze’s Ethics and Human Rights in Anglophone African Women’s Literature: Feminist Empathy ‘liberates’ empathy from ideology and offers a focused way of reading literature within and across borders that also transcends limiting contexts.” (Dr. Maik Nwosu, University of Denver, USA)

“In a thus far unsurpassed “sharing of affect,” Professor Eze artfully deploys what he calls “feminist empathy” for third-generation Anglophone African women writers.  In the wake of their foremothers’ rejection of the double yoke of colonialism and patriarchy, this millennial generation of women writers reclaims “a body of their own” and its unaccountable pain.   Eze’s bold yet gentle gesturing towards these new female subjectivities makes him a male feminist, definitely a rare commodity on the Nigerian scene. His book is a high risk/high gain venture opening wide the portal of “human flourishing” for other African empathizers in the post-nation-state.” (Chantal Zabus, author of “Between Rites and Rights: Excision in Women's Experiential Texts and Human Contexts”, Université Paris 13 – Sorbonne Paris Cité)

“Eze deftly demonstrates how contemporary African writing by women deploys feminist empathy to link ethics and human rights in a fresh interpretation of ubuntu -- the African philosophy of individual and community interdependence. With nuance and a rare attention to not only fiction but also poetry, essays and new media, Eze shows how recent works extending longstanding African feminist theories into new territory, proving Adichie and her sister-authors right: we should all be feminists.“ (Tsitsi Jaji, author of “Africa in Stereo: Modernism, Music and Pan-African Solidarity”)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Ethical Turn in African Literature

    Eze, Chielozona

    Pages 1-42

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  • Feminism as Fairness

    Eze, Chielozona

    Pages 43-68

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  • Diary of Intense Pain: The Postcolonial Trap and Women’s Rights

    Eze, Chielozona

    Pages 69-94

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  • The Body in Pain and the Politics of Culture

    Eze, Chielozona

    Pages 95-120

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  • Abstractions as Disablers of Women’s Rights

    Eze, Chielozona

    Pages 121-143

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Buy this book

eBook 69,99 €
price for Korea, Republic of (South Korea) (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-40922-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 84,99 €
price for Korea, Republic of (South Korea) (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-40921-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethics and Human Rights in Anglophone African Women’s Literature
Book Subtitle
Feminist Empathy
Authors
Series Title
Comparative Feminist Studies
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40922-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40922-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40921-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 230
Topics