Rethinking Marriage in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures analyzes novels and films that demonstrate how marriage affects Francophone African and Caribbean women in their respective societies. It argues that marriage serves as a catalyst for intense identity formation because it functions as a narrative intersection for a number of overlapping themes on gender and the body, class and economics, religion, interracial and intercultural identity and nation building. Marriage provides a narrative space for commentary on cultural practices presented in the works in question as the foundations of cultural identity.
CZcile Accilien is assistant professor of French & Francophone literatures at Columbus State University.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1 Marriage and Gender Politics Chapter 4 2 Marriage, Sexuality and the Body Chapter 5 3 Marriage and Motherhood Chapter 6 4 Marriage, Religion, and Polygyny Chapter 7 5 Polygyny, AIDS, Sexuality and Status Chapter 8 6 Marriage, Metissage, and Identity Chapter 9 7 Women, Marriage and National Identity Chapter 10 Conclusion: Marriage: A Viable Option Chapter 11 Bibliography