Showcasing the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent, this major international collection celebrates their contributions to literature and international culture.
Twenty-five years ago, Margaret Busby wrote a groundbreaking anthology Daughters of Africa illuminated the "silent, forgotten, underrated voices of black women" (Washington Post). Published to international acclaim, it was hailed as "an extraordinary body of achievement... a vital document of lost history" (Sunday Times).
New Daughters of Africa continues that mission for a new generation, bringing together a selection of overlooked artists of the past with fresh and vibrant voices that have emerged from across the globe in the past two decades, from Antigua to Zimbabwe and Angola to the USA. Key figures join popular contemporaries in paying tribute to the heritage that unites them. Each of the pieces in this remarkable collection demonstrates an uplifting sense of sisterhood, honours the strong links that endure from generation to generation, and addresses the common obstacles women writers of colour face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class, and confront vital matters of independence, freedom and oppression.
Custom, tradition, friendships, sisterhood, romance, sexuality, intersectional feminism, the politics of gender, race, and identity-all and more are explored in this glorious collection of work from over 200 writers. New Daughters of Africa spans a wealth of genres-autobiography, memoir, oral history, letters, diaries, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, humour, politics, journalism, essays and speeches-to demonstrate the diversity and remarkable literary achievements of black women who remain under-represented, and whose works continue to be under-rated, in world culture today.
Featuring women across the diaspora, New Daughters of Africa illuminates the richness and cultural history of this original continent and its enduring influence, while reflecting our own lives and issues today. Bold and insightful, brilliant in its intimacy and universality, this essential volume honours the talents of African daughters and the inspiring legacy that connects them-and all of us.
Diane Abbott * Yassmin Abdel-Magied * Leila Aboulela * Ayo ba mi Ade ba yo * Sade Adeniran * Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie * Zoe Adjonyoh * Patience Agbabi * Agnes Agboton * Candace Allen * Lisa Allen-Agostini * Ellah Wakatama Allfrey * Andaiye * Harriet Anena * Joan Anim-Addo * Monica Arac de Nyeko * Yemisi Aribisala * Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro * Amma Asante * Michelle Asantewa * Nana Asma'u * Sefi Atta * Ayesha Harruna Attah * Gabeba Baderoon * Yaba Badoe * Yvonne Bailey-Smith * Doreen Baingana * Ellen Banda-Aaku * Angela Barry * Mildred K. Barya * Jackee Budesta Batanda * Simi Bedford * Linda Bellos * Jay Bernard * Marion Bethel * Ama Biney * Jacqueline Bishop * Malorie Blackman * Tanella Boni * Malika Booker * Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond * Beverley Bryan * Akosua Busia * Candice Carty-Williams * Rutendo Chabikwa * Barbara Chase-Riboud * Panashe Chigumadzi * Gabrielle Civil * Maxine Beneba Clarke * Angela Cobbinah * Carolyn Cooper * Juanita Cox * Meta Davis Cumberbatch * Patricia Cumper * Stella Dadzie * Yrsa Daley-Ward * Nana-Ama Danquah * Edwidge Danticat * Nadia Davids * Tjawangwa Dema * Yvonne Denis Rosario * Anni Domingo * Nah Dove * Edwige Renee Dro * Camille T. Dungy * Anais Duplan * Reni Eddo-Lodge * Aida Edemariam * Esi Edugyan * Summer Edward * Yvvette Edwards * Zena Edwards * Safia Elhillo * Zetta Elliott * Nawal El Saadawi * Diana Evans * Bernardine Evaristo * Eve L. Ewing * Deise Faria Nunes * Diana Ferrus * Nikky Finney * Aminatta Forna * Ifeona Fulani * Vangile Gantsho * Roxane Gay * Danielle Legros Georges * Patricia Glinton-Meicholas * Hawa Jande Golakai * Wangui wa Goro * Bonnie Greer * Jane Ulysses Grell * Rachel Eliza Griffiths * Carmen Harris * zakia henderson-brown * Joanne C. Hillhouse * Afua Hirsch * Zita Holbourne * Nal