Buchi Emecheta and African Traditional Society

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Buchi Emecheta’s literary terrain is the domestic experience of the female characters, and the way in which these characters try to turn the table against the second-class and slavish status to which they are subjected either by their husbands or the male-oriented traditions. Reading Buchi Emecheta informs us of the ways fiction, especially women’s writing, plays a role in constructing a world in which women can live complete lives; a world that may provide women with opportunities for freedom, creativity, self-expression, friendship and love. Welesley Brown Lloyd believes that; “of all women writers in contemporary African literature Buchi Emecheta of Nigeria has been the most sustained and vigorous voice of direct feminist protest” (35) Buchi Emecheta’s major concern is providing a picture of the African women which is nothing to smile about. Providing the readers with the picture taken mostly from her own life she articulates the oppression, predicament and uncertainty prevailing in the lives of African women whom she refers to as “peasant women”. Besides providing a picture of the traditional African woman, Emecheta also has a keen eye in her realistic treatment of women after the country’s colonization. She shows that the identity of the postcolonial woman is fluid and displaces itself in various positions on a constantly evolving continuum. What prevails in Emecheta’s Oeuvre is generally an intense anger at the sexual discrimination at the core of the culture of her people and a concomitant contempt for the men who perpetrate it. Joya Uraizee says about her: In her writing female identity is a product of the ideological history that surrounds it, she describes female subjectivity in terms of fragmentation, displacement,... ... middle of paper ... ...2 (2004):365-373. Schneider, Gregory. “R.K Narayan’s The Guide and Buchi Emecheta’s Kehinde” www.assosiatedcontent.com/article. Stanford Friedman, Susa. “Locational Feminism: Gender, Cultural Geographies, and Geopolitical Literacy”. www. Women.it/cyberarchive/files/Stanford.htm Ure Mezu, Rose. “The Perspective of the Other: Rape and Women in Buchi Emecheta's The Rape of Shavi". Bookbird 36.1 (1998): 12-16. Ure Mezu, Rose. Buchi Emecheta's "The Bride Price" and "The Slave Girl": A Schizoanalytic Perspective. Van Judith Alan. “Sitting on a Man: Colonialism and the Last Political Institutions of Igbo Women”. Canadian Journal of American Studies. 28.2 (1972): 165-71. Ward, Cynthia. “What They Told Buchi Emecheta: Oral Subjectivity and The Joys of Motherhood.” PMLA 105.1(1990): 83-97.
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