A Rain of Words: A Bilingual Anthology of Women's Poetry in Francophone Africa

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University of Virginia Press
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6.1 X 9.0 X 1.0 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Irène Assiba d'Almeida is Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Department Head at the University of Arizona and the author of Francophone African Women Writers: Destroying the Emptiness of Silence and editor of Femmes africaines en poésie.

Janis A. Mayes is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Syracuse University and the translator of The City Where No One Dies (from the French, La ville où nul ne meurt) by Bernard Dadié and The Blind Kingdom (from the French, Le Royaume aveugle) by Véronique Tadjo.


A Rain of Words is a groundbreaking book that will undoubtedly make a major contribution to the fields of African, women's, francophone, literary, and translation studies. This superb anthology not only fills a void but will stimulate interest in the genre of poetry as well. The range of countries and generations included in this project is astounding.

--Renée Larrier, Rutgers University, author of Francophone Women Writers of Africa and the Caribbean

A Rain of Words is an important document and resource, since it represents the compilation and reclamation of valuable, rare literary production. In addition, it responds to two real needs: locating and foregrounding poetry by women and by African women, and making these voices accessible through translation to a wider public.

--E. Anthony Hurley, Stony Brook University, author of Through a Black Veil: Readings in French Caribbean Literature