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Palgrave Macmillan

Folklore, Gender, and AIDS in Malawi

No Secret Under the Sun

ISBN 9781137322449
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Gender and Cultural Studies in Africa and the Diaspora

Informal folk narrative genres such as gossip, advice, rumor, and urban legends provide a unique lens through which to discern popular formations of gender conflict and AIDS beliefs. This is the first book on AIDS and gender in Africa to draw primarily on such narratives. By exploring tales of love medicine, gossip about romantic rivalries, rumors of mysterious new diseases, marital advice, and stories of rape, among others, it provides rich, personally grounded insights into the everyday struggles of people living in an era marked by social upheaval.

Anika Wilson is Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA. She received her PhD in Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work on informal narratives, gender conflict, and health beliefs has been presented at numerous conferences and published in Western Folklore.

1. Introduction
2. Advice is Good Medicine
3. Funny, Yet Sorrowful
4. 'Nobody Fears AIDS, Mphutsi is More Fire'
5. Mgoneko


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