This chapter examines the ways in which Calixthe Beyala engages with the discourse of ‘scientific Africa’ in her novels through an analysis of her fictional negotiations of ‘authenticity’. It analyzes Beyala's erotic novel Femme nue, femme noire and suggests that the intertexts of this work signal Beyala's desire to expose the way in which Africa has been represented as a series of ‘invented authenticities’ by both African and non-African writers. This chapter contends that Beyala undermines the ideological basis of Negritude and refuses to address the ways in which identities are reconfigured in response to changing contexts and situations.
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