Gender and Cultural Studies in Africa and the Diaspora

Folklore, Gender, and AIDS in Malawi

No Secret Under the Sun

Authors: Wilson, A.

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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.

About the authors

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.

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“Anika Wilson has assembled an impressive presentation of the power of informal discourse, often fed by media, in a time of catastrophic threat to women. Folklore, Gender, and AIDS in Malawi is an important contribution to the literature of women’s studies, as well as a valuable cautionary reminder to healthcare activists, that women’s voices in time of crisis deeply matter–they are trivialized at great risk.” (Erika Brady, Western Folklore, Vol. 74.3 (4), Summer-Fall, 2015)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Wilson, Anika

    Pages 1-32

  • Advice is Good Medicine: Marriage, Advice, and the Comforts of Home

    Wilson, Anika

    Pages 33-63

  • Funny, Yet Sorrowful: Narratives of Empowerment and Empathy in Woman- Against-Woman Struggles

    Wilson, Anika

    Pages 65-89

  • “Nobody Fears Aids, Mphutsi is More Fire”: Disease Rumors in the Age of Aids Treatment

    Wilson, Anika

    Pages 91-118

  • Mgoneko: Magical Rape, Media Panic, and Gender-Based Violence

    Wilson, Anika

    Pages 119-161

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Folklore, Gender, and AIDS in Malawi
Book Subtitle
No Secret Under the Sun
Authors
Series Title
Gender and Cultural Studies in Africa and the Diaspora
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32245-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137322456
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32244-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 190
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