Genderism, an apt neologism for gender equilibrium in literary discourse and creativity is a sequel to feminism following the emergence of gender studies in the last quarter of the twentieth century.
Since 1975 – declared by the United Nations as the international women’s year, there has been an uprising in the global ferment of female activism which through all fields of human endeavour, from the art of politics to the politics of arts. Feminism was initially founded on the shifty grounds of a superfluous doctrine tagged women’s liberation before being firmly anchored on the ideology of women empowerment and self – determination in all spheres of life.
Harold smith (1990: 1-4), feminism as an ideology attempts to improve the status of women. So this research work talks of feminism, the level at which this struggle has been imbibed into our culture and the areas untouched. We look forward to explore feminism as in the African content using most of less on women’s plays as a minor into the society.
TABLE OF CONTENT
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.1PURPOSE AND SIGNIFICANCE
1.3SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF STUDY
1.4AUTHOR’S BACKGROUND(TESS ONWUEME)
2.1FEMINIST PERCEPTION IN EUROPE AND AMERICA
2.2FEMINIST LITERARY THEORIES
2.3AFRICAN FEMINISM AND THE CONCEPT OF WOMANISM
3.0GENDER DISCOURS IN TESS ONWUEME’S POLAYS(GO TELL IT TO WOMEN AND A HEN TOO SOON)
A)FEMINISM IN NIGERIA
B)ONWUEME’S CHARACTERS AS GENDER VICTIMS
C)THE FACETS OF THE FEMINISM IN ONKUEMEM’S PLAYS
D)THE REALISM OF FEMINISM AS PRESENTED BY TESS ONWUEME.
All through the years and for several millennia, from the Stone Age to the modern age – the struggle for dominance and superiority between the two known (exes female and the male gender) has never abated. Patriarchy – adjudged and described by feminists as the conscious minimization and subjugation of the women folks, deploying ideologies, cultural and metaphysic and ever religion of all kinds form western Christianity, Islamism, Buddhism and African traditionalism have spoken with one voice in favour of a male dominated world.
Ever since, especially through the emergence of democracy, the struggle by women to negotiate their vice into mainstream of participation in cultural, economical social and vocational and even political aspect of the society has been a permanent feature in the world’s development.
As such, feminine dislocation has become a discourse in our current past-colonial society. This arose out of the tension and challenges in the nineties that characterized feminist works in many parts of the world. It had its origin in experimental theatre groups and vari0ohjs women’s movements of the sixties and seventies and even through the eighties.
These issues concerning women have generated arguments amongst the critics with shares minds to investigate as forte (1996:19) observed that “the structure of realism and narrative structures which a re implicated in religious to patriarchal ideology”
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