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2023, Vol. 5, Issue 8, Part A

Colonialism's influence on female identity: Examine the construction of female identity under the influence of both colonialism and patriarchal systems in Buchi Emecheta's novels


Author(s): Divya S Patel

Abstract:
This paper explores the intricate relationship between colonialism, patriarchal norms, and the construction of female identity in the novels of Buchi Emecheta. Through a critical analysis of Emecheta's works, the study delves into how colonialism's introduction into traditional societies disrupts prevailing gender roles and expectations. The convergence of European values with patriarchal structures triggers a clash between traditional roles and newly imposed ideals, leading to complex negotiations for female characters. The prevailing gender roles in Emecheta's novels are examined, offering insights into the roles of women within their societies prior to colonial influence. Colonialism's entry brings forth a transformation as European values and ideologies challenge indigenous concepts of femininity, masculinity, and family dynamics. This upheaval shapes female identity, generating conflicts as characters navigate the tension between tradition and foreign ideals.
The analysis further explores the internal struggles faced by female characters as they grapple with accepting or resisting these new roles. The negotiation process involves a delicate balance between societal expectations and personal desires, as women navigate the evolving landscape. Instances of resistance become crucial points of empowerment, illustrating characters' agency as they challenge imposed norms. Moreover, the emergence of hybrid identities arises from the collision of cultural influences, allowing characters to transcend narrow categorizations. These hybrid identities empower female characters by enabling them to navigate dual cultural contexts, challenging traditional notions of femininity, and expanding the horizons of female identity. In conclusion, Emecheta's novels vividly portray the enduring impact of colonialism and patriarchal norms on gender roles and female identity. The exploration of these themes unveils lasting effects on societies' perception of gender, underscoring the importance of understanding historical contexts to appreciate the evolution of gender identities and their ongoing relevance. The analysis contributes to a deeper comprehension of the intricate interplay between colonialism, patriarchy, and the construction of female identity in Emecheta's literary world.


DOI: 10.33545/27068919.2023.v5.i8a.1030

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Divya S Patel. Colonialism's influence on female identity: Examine the construction of female identity under the influence of both colonialism and patriarchal systems in Buchi Emecheta's novels. Int J Adv Acad Stud 2023;5(8):37-40. DOI: 10.33545/27068919.2023.v5.i8a.1030
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