Deconstructing the image of the African women: A study of selected works by Yvonne Vera

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dc.contributor.advisor Sewlall, H.
dc.contributor.advisor Oduwobi, O. A.
dc.contributor.advisor Motlhaka, H. A.
dc.contributor.author Mabuto, Ann Marevanhema
dc.date 2018
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-03T09:09:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-03T09:09:05Z
dc.date.issued 2018-09-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1177
dc.description MA (English)
dc.description Department of English
dc.description.abstract The prevalence of patriarchal norms and the privileging of the African man in African literary works gradually led to an erasure of women‘s identities, thereby leaving them to hold peripheral positions. This has motivated African women critics to engage in linguistic and performative methodologies to restructure African women‘s status in postcolonial writings. Using feminist literary theory, Marxist literary criticism and postcolonial theory, among others, this study explores the changing images of women as depicted in a selection of Yvonne Vera‘s works, namely: Butterfly Burning (1998); Under the Tongue (1996); Without a Name (1994) and Nehanda (1993). Close reading and textual analysis are employed in examining the strategies devised by Vera to assess patriarchal attitudes that suppress women as well as reconfiguring their identities. This study is inspired by the desire to investigate the techniques employed by an African woman writer in speaking against marginalisation, exploitation and oppression of women in a postcolonial literary environment. Of primary concern to this study, is an examination of how Vera unleashes, re-writes and re-negotiates the potential of an African woman in her novels. This study distinctly shows that, as a subaltern writer, Vera reconfigures her female characters‘ identities through social and economic liberalisation. It is clear in this study that economic liberty has a great impact on the life of an African woman. This study contributes to the growing body of works that appreciates women writers‘ efforts in transforming, reifying and reinstating the image of African women in fictional works. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 94 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Vera en_US
dc.subject Women en_US
dc.subject Marginalisation en_US
dc.subject Patriarchal attitudes en_US
dc.subject Reconfiguring en_US
dc.subject Feminism en_US
dc.subject Postcolonial theory en_US
dc.subject.ddc 809.933522
dc.subject.lcsh Women authors, African
dc.subject.lcsh African women, authors
dc.subject.lcsh Deconstruction
dc.subject.lcsh African women
dc.subject.lcsh Women in literature.
dc.title Deconstructing the image of the African women: A study of selected works by Yvonne Vera en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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