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Title: Gender oppression and possibilities of empowerment: images of women in African literature with specific reference to Mariama Ba's So long a letter, Buchi Emecheta's The joys of motherhood and Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous conditions.
Authors: Nyanhongo, Mazvita Mollin
Advisors: Wood, Felicity
Keywords: Gender oppression
So long a letter
The joys of motherhood
Nervous conditions
Women empowerment
African women writers
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Fort Hare
Abstract: This study consists of a comparative analysis of three novels by three prominent African women writers which cast light on the ways in which women are oppressed by traditional and cultural norms in three different African countries. These three primary texts also explore the ways in which African women‟s lives are affected by other issues, such as colonialism and economic factors, and this study discusses this. An analysis of these novels reveals that the interconnectedness of racial, class and gender issues exacerbates the oppression of many African women, thereby lessening the opportunities for them to attain self-realization. This study goes on to investigate whether there are possibilities of empowerment for the women in the primary texts, and examining the reasons why some women fail to transcend their situations of oppression. The primary novels will be discussed in different chapters, which explore the problems with which various women are beset, and discuss the extent to which the various women in the novels manage to attain empowerment. In conclusion, this study compares and contrasts the ways in which the women in the primary texts are oppressed and highlights the reasons why some women are able to attain empowerment, whilst others are unable to do so. It also shows that many women are beset with comparable forms of oppression, but they may choose to react to these situations differently. Over and above these issues, the study seeks to draw attention to the fact that women need to come together and contribute to the ways in which they can attain various forms ofnempowerment.
Description: Thesis (MA)(English)-- University of Fort Hare, 2011.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10353/522
Library of Congress Subject Headings: African literature -- Women authors
Women -- Africa -- Literary collections
Ba, Mariama -- Criticism and interpretation
Emecheta, Buchi -- Criticism and interpretation
Dangarembga, Tsitsi -- Criticism and interpretation
Women and literature -- Africa
Sex discrimination -- Africa
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