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Gender bias in selected Shona novels

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dc.contributor.advisor Mutasa, D. E.
dc.contributor.advisor Mapara, Jacob Zigara, Herbert 2017-03-16T15:23:08Z 2017-03-16T15:23:08Z 2016-11
dc.identifier.citation Zigara, Herbert (2016) Gender bias in selected Shona novels, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This study sought to uncover gender bias in selected Shona novels and examine the manner in which authors present the subject. The major objectives were to identify the effects of hostile gender relations and assess Shona novel authors’ commitments to promote healthy gender relations which are pre-requisites for national development. The study adopted the dual approach by fusing feminism with Afrocentricity as the literary tool of analysis. These theories served as lenses for exploring gender biases in selected Shona novels. The liberal feminism was the most relevant feminist theory to this study because it advocates more about inclusion and unrestricted participation of women in all spheres of social life. The research was anchored on the qualitative design. The methodology used to gather data for analysis involved interviewing three out of four authors of this research’s selected Shona novels, eight Shona literature lecturers from teachers’ colleges and universities in Zimbabwe as well as five accomplished scholars who have also written their own Shona novels. Questionnaires were administered to thirty two students, twenty from teachers’ colleges and twelve from universities in Zimbabwe. The total number of all participants in this study was forty-eight and purposive sampling was used to come up with the sample. Data was analysed in descriptive form. This study has established that most Shona novelists are not gender neutral. While some authors are championing the emancipation of women others are perpetuating their marginalisation. Basing on the findings of this study, the researcher recommends that Shona authors should be sensitised through workshops, seminars or conferences on the need to pen gender balanced novels if national development is to be realised. This would help the societies who are the consumers of such novels to be gender neutral through emulating the positive portrayal attributed to characters. The Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (ZIMSEC), teachers’ colleges and universities should approve gender neutral Shona novels so that students can have appropriate role models to emulate. It is envisaged that this research will be of great benefit to all those who will have the privilege to access it. Gained knowledge will help to extricate women from marginalisation and also promote healthy gender relations. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resources (xii, 138 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Gender bias en
dc.subject Disparities en
dc.subject Marginalisation en
dc.subject Eradicate en
dc.subject Feminism en
dc.subject Patriarchy en
dc.subject Socialisation en
dc.subject Culture en
dc.subject Gender relations en
dc.subject National development en
dc.subject.ddc 896.39753209
dc.subject.lcsh Gender in literature en
dc.subject.lcsh Shona literature -- History and criticism en
dc.subject.lcsh Shona fiction -- History and criticism en
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination in literature en
dc.title Gender bias in selected Shona novels en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department African Languages en M.A. (African Languages)

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