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Title:Criticism and evaluation of womanhood in the fiction of Bessie Head and Grace Ogot
Author:Achufusi, Ify G.ISNI
Periodical:Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere: Schriftenreihe des Kölner Instituts für Afrikanistik
Geographic terms:Kenya
About persons:Bessie Amelia Head (1937-1986)ISNI
Grace Akinyi Ogot (1930-)ISNI
Abstract:The exploration of womanhood in this paper is based on a study of the works of fiction of two female African writers: Bessie Head (Botswana) and Grace Ogot (Kenya). The first part of the paper deals with the criticism of both writers of the ascribed status of women in society. Most prominent among the charges they make against men are the reduction of women to childbearing machines, the treatment of women as men's chattel, and the irrational belief in the inherent evil of womanhood. The second part presents their ideal image of women. For Head, a woman's self-fulfilment is first and foremost an individual affair, she fulfils herself as a human being, and there is no natural connection between womanhood and the domestic or familial setting. For Ogot, however, a woman's achievements never quite become complete unless crowned with wifehood and motherhood. Bibliogr., ref.