235 the fact that these stories come from literature rather than folklore and therefore their authors are literate, sometimes Western-educated and thus in most cases not typical members of the culture they describe, the editors feel that never- theless they help us to hear the authentic voices of women of the Third World. In spite of the diversity of the cultures represented, we experience as we read the anthology the evolution of the Third World woman, from helpless child bride to newly-liberated slave to revolutionary soldier, to incipient bour- geoise. Throughout we are conscious of the double struggle of the woman, against the hardships suffered by all members of her culture and against the additional handicap of femininity. Thus the black South African woman has achieved superior status as a teacher, but must still endure her husband's brutality, which is his outlet for his anger against the society which oppresses them both. The wife of the Indonesian civil servant, exiled for political reasons to a village, faces a difficult confinement with only a village midwife to help. The Cuban spinster achieves economic security as a cotton-candy seller, but is crazy from a lifetime of being unloved. To all
Journal of Asian and African Studies (in 2002 continued as African and Asian Studies) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1975
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