RETHINKING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS IN THIRD‐GENERATION NIGERIAN WOMEN’S FICTION

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  • Shalini Nadaswaran

DOI :

https://doi.org/10.18352/relief.652

Mots-clés :

Nigeria, Womanism, family relationships, women, fiction

Résumé

Third‐generation Nigerian female writers’ representation of gender in local spaces through the rethinking of family relationships reflects a development and change from the first and second generation female writers Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta, and Ifeoma Okoye. In a comparative analysis of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus (2004), Unoma Azuah’s Sky‐High Flames (2005), Sade Adeniran’s Imagine This (2007) and Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come (2005), a distinct pattern emerges of the young girl‐child / woman character developing into a matured, strong womanist. As female characters challenge their familial relationships, they develop their sense of personhood, reclaiming wholeness, authority and female subjectivity, changing prescribed roles and structures.

Biographie de l'auteur

Shalini Nadaswaran

Shalini Nadaswaran is currently a PhD student at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She is also under a fellowship scheme with the English Department, University Malaya, Malaysia. One of her main research interests is in the evolving representations of African women in local and global spaces.

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2011-11-09

Comment citer

Nadaswaran, S. (2011) « RETHINKING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS IN THIRD‐GENERATION NIGERIAN WOMEN’S FICTION », RELIEF - Revue électronique de littérature française, 5(1), p. 19–32. doi: 10.18352/relief.652.

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Articles – dossier thématique