West African Women writers are constantly looking for ways to maneuver the patriarchal system within their indigenous cultures. To say maneuvering implies the dilemma in consciously navigating patriarchal epistemology as West African women, which in reality is not exotic to other feminist struggles outside the continent. To deal with the dilemma of constantly maneuvering, this thesis suggest for an indigenous framework. It suggests Osun –a Nigerian goddess– as a response to the theoretical problems and as a methodology to navigating a postcolonial patriarchal worldview in order to express West African feminist discourse. The specificity of Osun is essential, but the fluidity of Osun across borders cannot be undermined as it paves the way for flexibility within feminist and gender discourse and draws upon various gender oppressed experiences. The idea of specificity and fluidity is fundamental to developing Osun as West African feminist discourse because of her ability to transcend space. The combination of specificity and fluidity are necessary within any feminist discourse as it allows for women from different regions to relate and align the tenets to their specific struggles found in the diversity of Osun.
|Commitee:||Brooks, Trisha, Ramaswamy, Anushia|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|Department:||English Language & Literature|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 57/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||African Studies, African literature, Womens studies, British and Irish literature|
|Keywords:||Africa, Feminism, Gender, Osun, Patriachy, West Africa|
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