(This study surveys a wide range of writings and ideas out...)
This study surveys a wide range of writings and ideas out of Africa by people of African descent on the various ways in which "insiders" and "outsiders", "self" and "otherness" have been imagined and defined from African perspectives. Attention is focused on identity issues regarding Africa, Panafricanism, American Black culture, Negritude and Black Consciousness, as well as on whiteness and otherness, black versus white cultures and gender matters in a racialized context. Some theoretical issues in the academic debate on insiders and intercultural dialogue are also discussed, with examples from various disciplines. Five interviews with leading writers conclude the book.
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In cultures all over the globe, sex and gender issues have been expressed in proverbs, the world's smallest literary genre. This fascinating book provides revealing insights into the female condition across centuries and continents, as recorded in thousands of vivid and earthy proverbs about women. Mineke Schipper analyses similarities, differences, and contradictions in the cultural norms about gender expressed in thousands of proverbs she has found from over 150 countries. Grouping the sayings into such categories as the female body, love, sex, childbirth, and female power, she finds shared patterns in ideas about women (and how men see them). Part cross-cultural study, part literary criticism, and part anthology, her book is a unique and intriguing resource to dip into again and again.
Mineke Schipper studied French and Philosophy at Amsterdam Free University, from which she graduated in 1964. She also graduated from the University of Utrecht in 1969, specializing in Comparative Literary Studies.
Schipper received her doctorate in Amsterdam in 1973, writing the first thesis in the Netherlands on African literature and dedicated herself to developing the field of intercultural literary studies.
In 1999 she received an honorary doctorate from Chengdu University (Sichuan Province) in China.
Schipper started her career teaching French and African Literature at the Université Libre du Congo (1964-1968 and 1970-1972). In 1988 she became the first Professor of Intercultural Literary Studies in the Netherlands, first at the Free University of Amsterdam and since 1993 at Leiden University.
As the International Secretary of the Netherlands PEN Centre, and as a member of the PEN Emergency Fund she worked with the Writers-in-Prison Committee of International PEN and with writers and journalists in different parts of the world to help promote the freedom of the writer. Over the years Schipper has also been a visiting professor in Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso and China.
Since 2000 she has been regularly invited by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) where she collaborates with colleagues on projects about epics and creation myths.
Now Schipper holds the position of research scholar at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society but is now mainly committed to her life as a writer.
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Schipper is a member of the Netherlands PEN Centre, Association pour l’Etude des littératures africaines, African Literature Association, International Comparative Literature Association and African Studies Association.
Schipper married Jan Schipper on July 10, 1964. The couple has 2 children: Gideon Leonard Victor and Jan-Jeroen Youdi.