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Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 28, Issue 6, pp 353–367 | Cite as

The female voice and traditional discourse biases: The case of francophone African literature

  • Beverley Ormerod
  • Jean-Marie Volet
  • Hélène Jaccomard
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Abstract

This study reports on a statistical approach to Francophone African literature, addressing the issues of discourse bias and the specificity of female writing as against male. The research is based on a comparison of all the characters present in 20 novels written by male and female African authors, under the headings of importance, power and attitude. It suggests that a number of significant differences characterize the make-up of novels written by African female and male authors.

Key words

African literature francophone literature feminist criticism sexism female voice discourse bias literary statistics novels characters 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beverley Ormerod
    • 1
  • Jean-Marie Volet
    • 1
  • Hélène Jaccomard
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaNedlandsWestern Australia

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