Womanism And African Consciousness Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole

ISBN: 9780865435407

Published: August 1st 1996


216 pages


Womanism And African Consciousness  by  Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole

Womanism And African Consciousness by Mary Ebun Modupe Kolawole
August 1st 1996 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 216 pages | ISBN: 9780865435407 | 3.29 Mb

This book is a comprehensive study of the African womans cultural, societal, and political audibility. Through an in-depth examination of the history of oral and written genres by and about women, the author challenges the readily accepted notion that African women are voiceless members of society. Providing the base for her study is the concept of Womanism -- an ideology which the she defines as the totality of feminine self-expression, self-retreival, and self-assertion in positive cultural ways.

This fascinating study reveals hidden areas of audibility and calls for a new generation of writers who will create a global consciousness about the realities of the African woman. It is a book that will raise your own awareness about what it means to be a woman of African descent.

The issues discussed by the author are important and relevant to current dialogue among critics of feminism. Her conclusions are valid and well supported, particularly on the issue of the invisibility myth and its origins. Dr. Kolawale traces the development of the portrayal of women in literature in a comprehensive and cohesive manner.

The author concludes that African women writers are not passive to their condition -- they are not voiceless. She recommends a dialogic approach to modern criticism in order to accomodate all approaches to the African womans self-definition. A high level of consciousness is central to self-recovery for the African woman, she asserts, and can be attained through African womanist ideology.

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