Representations of Women in Third-Generation African and African American Novels (Panel) (NeMLA 2024:March 7-10, 2024 Boston, MA)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2023
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NeMLA 2024
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Third-generation African and African-American writers are defined as those born within the 1960s and beyond whose literary outputs examine the social realities in their society. Adesanmi and Dunton observe that “one of the most distinctive features of “third-generation” texts is the absence of a more-or-less rooted, totalizing and over-determining historical“traditionalist center” around which narrative point of view, thematization, language, and structure are orientated” (15). Their themes are mostly shaped by the events and experiences of people within the period. Dalley Hamish believes that “third-generation literature are shaped around recent ambivalent spatiotemporal imaginaries that exceed the national-generational framework” (15). Their literary disposition seems a little different from what is perceived in first and second-generation African and African-American writers. Such writers include Chris Abani, Okey Ndibe, Imbolo Mbue, Amma Darko, Chimamanda Adichie, Lola Shoneyin, Oyikan Braithwaite, Nnedi Okorafor, and Chika Unigwe, amongst others. This panel examines the shift in representational politics and practices among this group of writers. We are interested in interrogating and exploring differences or similarities between the portrayal of women in third-generation novels and the first and second-generation narratives. The goal is to explore the dynamism of roles and positions women characters occupy in these contemporary narratives, which are reflective of the current realities of a global world.

We welcome papers in English/French that explore the multifarious presentation of women in third-generation African and African-American novels. Focal themes of discussion include but are not limited to the following:

· Portrayals of Women in Africanfuturistic Movies and Narratives.


· Representations of Women Characters in Narratives of the Environment in African Literature.


· Postfeminist Themes in Contemporary African Narratives.


· Women Characters in Narratives of the City in Contemporary African Narratives.


· Women Characters in Poverty Porn Narratives of African Experiences.


· African feminist narratives and affect theory.

Please submit abstracts by September 30, 2023, through View Session ( For clarifications and further information, please email