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Your Madness, Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon
by Makuchi
Ohio University Press, 1999
eISBN: 978-0-89680-435-7 | Paper: 978-0-89680-206-3
Library of Congress Classification PR9372.9.M34Y68 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 823


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, 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.

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