The Female Condition in the Novels of Gabonese Writer Sylvie Ntsame
This book argues that Gabonese writer Sylvie Ntsame utilizes her novels to question certain patriarchal traditions and practices in African society (such as polygyny) that, in certain contexts, tend to silence the voice of the female. Through engaging with feminist theories, among other theoretical frameworks, the author demonstrates how, in some of Ntsame’s novels, the black female body is an object of voyeurism that reduces the women to eroticized, exoticized Others. The author further argues that Ntsame counters the dystopia of racism with a depiction of idealized love through an interracial relationship, presented against the backdrop of stereotypes and myths that stifle such relationships. Ntsame does this by going back to her cultural roots, and calling for understanding between peoples of diverse ethnicities and cultures. The book makes valuable contributions to the study of Gabonese women’s writing in particular, and African women’s writing in general.
Paschal Kyiiripuo Kyoore is a professor of French and Francophone African/Caribbean literatures at Gustavus Adolphus College (USA), where he is a co-founder and former Director of the African/African Diaspora Studies program. He obtained his BA (Hons) in French and Spanish at the University of Ghana-Legon. He also studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He acquired his MA and Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) at the Université de Bordeaux III (France), his PhD at Ohio State University (USA), and his MPA at Minnesota State University-Mankato (USA). His publications include The African and Caribbean Historical Novel in French: A Quest for Identity; Dagara Verbal Art: An African Tradition; Contes Dagara: Ghana; Folktales of the Dagara of West Africa vol.1; and Dagara Folk Tales. His research largely focuses on the historical novel, the female condition, and African folklore.
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