Women's Voices in A Man's World (Studies in African Literature)

Women's Voices in A Man's World (Studies in African Literature) by Lidwien Kapteijns epub pdf fb2

Title: Women's Voices in A Man's World (Studies in African Literature)
Author: Lidwien Kapteijns
ISBN10: 0325001332
ISBN13: 978-0325001333
Publisher: Heinemann (September 15, 1999)
Language: English
Subcategory: Humanities
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Pages: 248 pages
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Women's Voices in A Man's World (Studies in African Literature) by Lidwien Kapteijns


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Two questions dominate this ethnographic, literary, and historical study of Somali society through its orature. First, in what ways do Somali oral texts provide information about women and gender relations in Somali society? Second, how do these oral texts present the concepts of "tradition" and an authentic cultural heritage and identity, particularly as these concepts affect women and gender relations? In seeking to answer these questions, Kapteijns has gathered a considerable number of Somali oral texts and popular songs. The first part of the book focuses on the texts from the colonial period and develops a critical ethnography of women and gender relations while the second part considers contemporary love songs as important cultural sites for debate about women and "tradition." Kapteijns' book will enlighten readers unfamiliar with the wit and spirit of Somali culture. Somali readers will find the book essential for critically engaging the received notions of their past and traditions.