Norridge 2012 Sex

Title Information

Author: Zoe Norridge

Title: Sex as Synecdoche

Subtitle: Intimate Languages of Violence in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun and Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love

Journal: Research in African Literatures

Volume: 43

Issue: 2

Year: Summer 2012

Pages: 18-39

ISSN: 0034-5210 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1527-2044 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Nigerian History, Sierra Leonean History | Representations: Literature / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aminatta Forna

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Author: Zoe Norridge, Department of English, King’s College London

Abstract: »In the 1990s, women's writing about war in Africa took a new turn as Yvonne Vera and Calixthe Beyala began to publish texts interweaving explicit sexual descriptions and graphic violence. With their examination of sexual relationships in the context of the Nigerian and Sierra Leonean civil wars, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun and Aminatta Forna's The Memory of Love continue this trend. Why is it that female African writers are currently turning to sensuality as a means to explore conflict? This article argues that sex and violence are intricately interwoven and that the examination of sexual pleasure in these novels forms both a language and strategy with which to explore and contest violence against women. In doing so, it draws on theoretical insights about the sexual nature of outsider perspectives on conflict, the political choices involved in describing gender-based violence, and the crucial role of intimacy in representing war and wounding.« (Source: Research in African Literatures)


  Crosscultural Encounters (p. 21)
  Group Acts and Violations (p. 24)
  Protesting Sexual Violence (p. 27)
  Languages of the Body (p. 29)
  Sensuality, Loss and Codes of Memory (p. 32)
  Conclusion (p. 35)
  Notes (p. 37)
  Works Cited (p. 37)

Wikipedia: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun; Aminatta Forna

Added: November 29, 2014 – Last updated: November 29, 2014