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From Chinua Achebe to Fred Khumalo : the politics of black female cultural difference in seven literary texts

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dc.contributor.advisor Masemola, Kgomotso 1965- Magege, David 2017-04-07T16:05:44Z 2017-04-07T16:05:44Z 2016-10
dc.identifier.citation Magege, David (2016) From Chinua Achebe to Fred Khumalo : the politics of black female cultural difference in seven literary texts, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <>
dc.description.abstract This study explores the notion of female cultural difference in the context of dominant patriarchal and other oppressive patriarchal structures. Essentially, its focus is on deconstructing stereotypical images of women, who are often perceived as homogenous. Throughout the study I argue that as much as their sensibilities are varied, African and African American women respond differently to the oppressive conditions they find themselves in. The following selected texts provided the opportunities for exploring and evaluating the genealogy of female cultural difference that is central to my research: Anthills of the Savannah (Chinua Achebe); Scarlet Song (Mariama Ba); The Joys of Motherhood and Kehinde (BuchiEmecheta); Their Eyes Were Watching God (Nora Zeale Hurston); Bitches Brew and Seven Steps to Heaven (Fred Khumalo). In the process of analyzing these texts, I demonstrated that the notion of cultural difference is often narrowly and erroneously construed. I discovered that the protagonists in these texts are not only conscious of their oppressed condition but often adopt strategic agency to contest male privileges that silence them. In pursuit of this critical perspective, I have proceeded to apply relevant theoretical frameworks constructed by Cornel West, Hudson-Weems, Bakhtin and a conflation of others whose philosophical tenets support the major theoretical frameworks. The aforementioned literary critics have enabled me to come up with a more comprehensive and richer analysis of the set texts. In my analysis I have advanced the argument that female visibility manifests itself variously and temporally through individual and sometimes sisterly attempts at empowerment, self- definition and esoteric discursive features. I noted that all this is evidence of the nascent creative potential in African women who refuse to be silenced. In my analysis of the Seven texts I have incorporated, modified and developed some of the insights from critical thinkers who engage in the ongoing debate about female cultural difference. This approach has enabled me to come up with new insights that ferret out veneers of African women’s rich cultural diversity, in light of the ever changing nature of women’s operational spaces. It is this transcendental vision that basically informs and resonates with my study. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (ix, 284 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Black literature en
dc.subject Deconstruction en
dc.subject Textual politics en
dc.subject Representation en
dc.subject Visibility en
dc.subject Agency en
dc.subject Patriarchy en
dc.subject Africana-Womanism en
dc.subject Heteroglossia en
dc.subject Self-definition en
dc.subject Oppression en
dc.subject Signifying en
dc.subject Cultural diversity en
dc.subject.ddc 823.914
dc.subject.lcsh Achebe, Chinua
dc.subject.lcsh Khumalo, Fred
dc.subject.lcsh Black literature and culture
dc.subject.lcsh Bâ, Mariama
dc.subject.lcsh Emecheta, Buchi
dc.subject.lcsh Hurston, Zora Neale
dc.subject.lcsh Females in literature
dc.title From Chinua Achebe to Fred Khumalo : the politics of black female cultural difference in seven literary texts en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department English Studies en D. Litt. et Phil. (English)

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