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Your madness, not mine : stories of Cameroon /
by Makuchi ; with an introduction by Eloise A. Brière.
imprint
Athens : Ohio University Center for International Studies, c1999.
description
xxiv, 157 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
089680206X (alk. paper)
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imprint
Athens : Ohio University Center for International Studies, c1999.
isbn
089680206X (alk. paper)
catalogue key
2953462
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. xxi-xxiv).
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Makuchi is now Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1999-11:
Makuchi's collection offers readers powerful insights into the lives of people, and in particular women, from an area of Africa long dominated by French-language writers. Only recently has Anglophone writing from western Cameroon (the section of the country formerly under British colonial rule) gained attention internationally, and even then mainly its male writers. Makuchi displays a fine command of language, using English to evoke African idiom and effectively using pidgin forms of English and French. This animated use of language distinguishes her work from that of well-known African women writers to whom she will inevitably be compared, e.g., Buchi Emecheta from Nigeria and Tsitsi Dangarembga from Zimbabwe. In each of her stories, Makuchi creates women who have learned to survive in a corrupt, postcolonial world: a grandmother cleverly teaches her granddaughter the ways of contemporary politics (in "Election Fever"); a businesswoman creates a regional marketing empire and brings the government to its knees ("Bayam-Sellam"). The value of education permeates many of the stories, without any of the tortured cultural dilemmas often presented by male African writers. A rich, beautifully written collection of stories about real human drama; recommended for all collections of world literature. C. Pike; University of Minnesota
Reviews
Review Quotes
"The characters Makuchi creates are survivors; they are scrappy and they are strong, especially the women. As we enter their world and see the neocolonial forces of gargantuan proportions that shape their daily living, Makuchi's pen guides us into a new literary space. She wields her pen like a pioneer's axe in the forest, clearing new spaces...that invite us to consider realities we would otherwise never know." - From the introduction by Eloise A. Briere
"The characters Makuchi creates are survivors; they are scrappy and they are strong, especially the women. As we enter their world and see the neocolonial forces of gargantuan proportions that shape their daily living, Makuchi's pen guides us into a new literary space. She wields her pen like a pioneer's axe in the forest, clearing new spaces...that invite us to consider realities we would otherwise never know." From the introduction by Eloise A. Briere
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Summaries
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Powerful portraits of the people, mostly women, of postcolonial Africa, whose struggles with survival, identity, & empowerment are related by this Cameroonian author.
Main Description
Women's writing in Cameroon has so far been dominated by Francophone writers. The short stories in this collection represent the yearnings and vision of an Anglophone woman, who writes both as a Cameroonian and as a woman whose life has been shaped by the minority status her people occupy within the nation-state. The stories in Your Madness, Not Mineare about postcolonial Cameroon, but especially about Cameroonian women, who probe their day-to-day experiences of survival and empowerment as they deal with gender oppression: from patriarchal expectations to the malaise of maldevelopment, unemployment, and the attraction of the West for young Cameroonians. Makuchi has given us powerful portraits of the people of postcolonial Africa in the so-called global village who too often go unseen and unheard.
Unpaid Annotation
Women's writing in Cameroon has so far been dominated by Francophone writers. The short stories in this collection represent the yearnings and vision of an Anglophone woman, who writes both as a Cameroonian and as a woman whose life has been shaped by the minority status her people occupy within the nation-state.The stories in Your Madness, Not Mine are about postcolonial Cameroon -- women, more often than not, are at the center of these stories that probe their day-to-day experiences of survival and empowerment as they deal with gender oppression: from patriarchal expectations to the malaise of maldevelopment, unemployment, and the attraction of the West for young Cameroonians.
Table of Contents
Mourning . . . in distant landsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
The Healerp. 1
Your Madness, Not Minep. 12
Market Scenep. 24
The Forest Will Claim You Toop. 38
Election Feverp. 58
American Lotteryp. 75
Accidents Are a Sideshowp. 97
Bayam-Sellamp. 113
Slow Poisonp. 129
Glossaryp. 147
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