African Women Writing Resistance

African Women Writing Resistance

An Anthology of Contemporary Voices
Edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez , Pauline Dongala, Omotayo Jolaosho, Anne Serafin

Africa Spectrum 46(3) 2011
Many of the contributions are intriguing and achieve a remarkable personal intensity; in many cases, they bear witness to the resilience and discernment of their authors and, collectively, leave a strong and inspiring impression on the reader.

- Anja Oed, Africa Spectrum 46(3) 2011

Mar 31, 2011
This fresh and startling collection of contemporary African women's writing deserves a much wider audience than African or literature or women's studies courses. Bringing together personal narratives, interviews, short stories, poems, scripts and lyrics, it has contributions from some big names such as Nawal al Sadawi, Wangari Mathai and Sefi Atta. But some of the internationally less-well known voices are equally good value.

- Vanessa Baird, New Internationalist 440
Jul 5, 2011
This is a difficult review, not because the book isn't excellent. Most, if not all, of the writing is exceptionally good. The poem, "Love Song for a Father", for instance, by Zindzi Bedu is heart rending with its simple, ambiguous refrain, " I love my daddy". Could it even be unique in the English language? I can not think of another poem which treats so movingly with the paradoxical emotions involved in incest.

- Rob Anderson on Amazon,

Dec 12, 2010
It is sad, but hardly surprising, that the narrative about the post-election violence is once again being dominated by male voices.

Whether as alleged perpetrators of the violence or seekers of justice for the victims of the atrocities committed in 2007/8, the story about what happened, who did what to whom, and under whose command, is being told and interpreted mainly by men.

- Rasna Warah, Daily Nation, Kenya