The Illiterate African Woman as Depicted in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Anowa

International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies

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Title The Illiterate African Woman as Depicted in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Anowa
 
Creator Appiah, Priscilla
Owusu, Edward
Adade-Yeboah, Asuamah
Ansah, Alberta Dansoah Nyarko
 
Subject Existentialism, Ghanaian Woman, Illiterate African Woman.
 
Description Based on the theory of existentialism, this study seeks to find out Ama Ata Aidoo’s view on how illiteracy affects the African Woman in her drama, Anowa, which was published in 1970. The text depicts the illiterate woman as being powerful woman in African society. However, Ama Ata Aidoo posits that illiteracy makes the woman a pathetic individual who is not able to function effectively in this changing world. This study seeks to deepen the appreciation  of Ama Ata Aidoo’s Anowa, by contributing to the understanding of Aidoo’s attitude to the illiterate Ghanaian woman (and for that matter African woman) who is seen as a powerful matriarch, but frustrated by African society as a result of lack of formal education. The available literature was explored to find what other writers have said on Aidoo’s Anowa. We used the method of qualitative content analysis in our analysis. The findings of the study show that Ama Ata Aidoo uses her writing to satirize societal weaknesses for her readers to refrain from committing such wrongs. Her illiterate women characters in Anowa are bent on maintaining their traditions and are not prepared for change. Consequently, Aidoo uses the character, Anowa, to depict change in African societies.
 
Publisher Baynoon Centre for Studies and Development
 
Date 2021-07-20
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://bcsdjournals.com/index.php/ijecls/article/view/278
10.47631/ijecls.v2i4.278
 
Source International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies ; Vol. 2 No. 4 (2021): International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies; 56-68
2709-7390
2709-4952
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://bcsdjournals.com/index.php/ijecls/article/view/278/145
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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