USUN'S CABACA-UTERO: A LOOK AT THE MATERNAL BODY IN LITERATURE FROM BENIN/ A CABACA-UTERO DE OSUN: UM OLHAR PARA O CORPO MATERNO NA LITERATURA BENINENSE.

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From: Revista Artemis(Vol. 31, Issue 1)
Publisher: Universidade Federal da Paraiba. Facultad de ciencias sociales y humanidades
Document Type: Article
Length: 8,814 words

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The following article analyzes the female characters in Presquune vie and Pour une poignee de gombos, written by Carmen Toudonou and Sophie Adonon, respectively. The storytelling narrators portray aspects which involve the female universe; from their social roles in Benin as woman and wife, as well as their links with the sacred and ancestry, experiences that lead them to overcome the oppressions surrounding them. Moreover, our perspective will be focused on the experiences of these female characters regarding motherhood, observing the places they are inserted, and understanding the different relations established with their maternal body and the act of mothering. As a theoretical framework, our analysis will consider the contributions of bell hooks, Sylvia Tamale, Nkiru Nzegwu, Oyeronke Oyewumi and Carla Akotirene. As for the concepts of motherhood, we will be using the idea of Matricentric Feminism, coined by Andrea O'Reilly; Other-mothering and Mothering of the mind, by Patricia Hill-Collins; and Motherism, by Catherine Acholonu. Keywords: Motherhood. Beninese Literature. Female Authorship. Carmen Toudonou. Sophie Adonon. O presente artigo realiza um estudo sobre as personagens femininas em Presquune vie e Pour une poignee de gombos, das escritoras Carmen Toudonou e Sophie Adonon, respectivamente. As narradoras que tecem as historias retratam aspectos que envolvem o universo feminino, desde seus papeis sociais no Benim enquanto mulher e esposa, como tambem as suas ligacoes com o sagrado e a ancestralidade, vivencias que as conduzem para superacao das opressoes que as cercam. Nossas analises serao voltadas para as experiencias destas personagens femininas com a maternidade, observando os lugares nos quais elas estao inseridas e compreendendo as diferentes relacoes que elas estabelecem com o seu corpo materno e com o ato da maternagem. Como aportes teoricos, nossas analises seguirao a luz das contribuicoes teoricas de bell hooks, Sylvia Tamale, Nkiru Nzegwu, Oyeronke Oyewumi e Carla Akotirene. Com relacao aos conceitos sobre maternidade, nos apoiaremos na ideia de Feminismo Matricentrico, de Andrea O'Reilly; Other-mothering e Mothering of the mind, de Patricia Hill-Collins e Motherism, de Catherine Acholonu. Palavras-chave: Maternidade. Literatura Beninense. Autoria Feminina. Carmen Toudonou. Sophie Adonon.

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