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Can You Really See Through a Squint? Theoretical Underpinnings in the 'Our Sister Killjoy'
Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2010)
  • Cheryl Sterling
Abstract
Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy is read as an inversion of the colonial travel narrative, addressing the continued asymmetrical power relations between Europe and Africa. The paper posits Sissie, its focal character, as a site of theoretical transformations, engaging with issues of racial subjectivity, sexuality and political positionality in relation to the neo-colonial African state. It further argues that Aidoo situates a performative self in the text through an interrogatory narrative voice that succeeds in both deforming the novelistic pattern and participating in the critique of Western subjectivity and hegemonic feminist positioning, while inserting a resistant feminist ideology into Pan-Africanist discourse to re-envision the role of African women in Africa’s development.
Keywords
  • Ama Ata Aidoo,
  • Our Sister Killjoy,
  • travel narrative,
  • African feminism,
  • Pan-Africanism,
  • African literature,
  • deterritorialization,
  • reterritorialization,
  • migratory subjectivity
Publication Date
Spring March, 2010
Citation Information
Cheryl Sterling. "Can You Really See Through a Squint? Theoretical Underpinnings in the 'Our Sister Killjoy'" Journal of Commonwealth Literature Vol. 45 Iss. 1 (2010)
Available at: http://0-works.bepress.com.library.simmons.edu/cheryl_sterling/2/