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Gender and nationalism in the early fiction of Flora Nwapa
Elleke Boehmer

’ of human history covered by The Temple of My Familiar – has continued to hold out much promise of communion and liberation. The South African dramatist Gcina Mhlope, for example, has expressed her loyalty to this mythical maternal entity, speaking of the ‘Women of my country’ as ‘Mother Africa’s loved daughters’.21 Motherhood remains closely linked to the configuration of African, Caribbean and South Asian women’s identities in many of the sociocultural contexts they inhabit.22 Yet the problematic facing motheroriented women is whether and how such apparently

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