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Selfish Gifts

Investigates the politics and poetics of women's gendered identity in West Africa.
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Acknowledgments Pre-Face The Other's Face Might Be Your Own Chapter 1: Autobiographical Subjects Chapter 2: The Gift of Praise Chapter 3: Panegyrics Chapter 4: Genre and Gender in the Autobiographical Exchange Chapter 5: The Politics of Praise Chapter 6: Aborted Nations Chapter 7: Terms of Exchange Post-Face: Selfish Gifts Notes Sound Recordings Works Cited Index

About the Author

Lisa McNee is Assistant Professor of French Studies at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.


"A valuable contribution to the discussion of identity and gender representation in postcolonial Africa." - CHOICE "McNee makes an exciting and original contribution to scholarship on African women's self-expression. In her chapters on Wolof oral forms, McNee is on truly new ground, and her methodology and insights are remarkable. Her work will be of great interest to scholars and students who are used to reading about African literature-often derived and transcribed from oral sources-but who more rarely see this kind of first-hand account of living orality." - Christopher L. Miller, author of Nationalists and Nomads: Essays on Francophone African Literature and Culture

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