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African Women Playwrights
edited by Kathy A. Perkins
contributions by Sindiwe Magona, Malika (Lueen) Ndlovu (Conning), Juliana Okoh, Nikkole Salter, Ama Ata Aidoo, Violet R Barungi, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nathalie Etoke, Dania Gurira and Andiah Kisia
foreword by Amandina Lihamba
introduction by Kathy A. Perkins
University of Illinois Press, 2008
Paper: 978-0-252-07573-5 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03387-2
Library of Congress Classification PR9347.A385 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 822.9140809287


This anthology consists of nine plays by a diverse group of women from throughout the African continent. The plays focus on a wide range of issues, such as cultural differences, AIDS, female circumcision, women's rights to higher education, racial and skin color identity, prostitution as a form of survival for young girls, and nonconformist women resisting old traditions. In addition to the plays themselves, this collection includes commentaries by the playwrights on their own plays, and editor Kathy A. Perkins provides additional commentary and a bibliography of published and unpublished plays by African women.

The playwrights featured are Ama Ata Aidoo, Violet R. Barungi, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nathalie Etoke, Dania Gurira, Andiah Kisia, Sindiwe Magona, Malika Ndlovu (Lueen Conning), Juliana Okoh, and Nikkole Salter.

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