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Unstable selves : the representation of women between two worlds in Buchi Emecheta's "The family" (1990) and "kihende" (1994)

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dc.contributor.author Gabriel CM en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T10:15:42Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T10:15:42Z
dc.date.created 1998 en
dc.date.submitted 1999 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/81226
dc.description.abstract In this dissertation the researcher investigates ways in which the Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta has depicted, in The Family (1990) and Kehinde (1994), the negotiations of contemporary black immigrants - particularly women - between the so-called traditional African ideologies, languages and cultures, and those of the West. The researcher focuses in particular on the ways in which, in these two works, Emecheta employs code-switching between standard English, indigenised language and indigenous language to signal the inner conflict faced by black women immigrants who, while they which to reclaim the dignity of African traditional society, find themselves in the uneasy position of having to appropriate certain often opposing western practices in order to find selfhood and personal fulfillment. This conflict and the instability that it produces exists not only in ideological terms, but also in a physical context, as Emecheta's female protagonists in both novels - Gwendolen and Kehinde, respectively - often literally move between their two worlds. The theoretical fields of primary importance in this project are post-colonial literary and socio-linguistic studies, which are also of increasing relevance and importance to our present South African context. Emecheta's interpretations of multicultural and intercultural competence, the socio-cultural implications of language shifts and usages, the choices that she has been faced with - as documented in her autobiographical novels - as well as her dramatisation of the difficulties encountered by traditionally raised women when they enter the western world, could possibly shed light on the condition of many women here in our own country, who face similar challenges. The researcher's investigation of The Family and Kehinde includes Emecheta's exposition of the relationship between contemporary black women and traditional and modern practices such as polygamy, religion, language, education, employment, sexuality, independence, self-respect, and the ability or right to speak out against family, tradition, men, and abuse. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject English literature en
dc.subject Prose literature and fiction en
dc.title Unstable selves : the representation of women between two worlds in Buchi Emecheta's "The family" (1990) and "kihende" (1994) en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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