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Some aspects of gender inequality in selected African literary texts

L.L. Kwatsha
Literator | Vol 30, No 2 | a82 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v30i2.82 | © 2009 L.L. Kwatsha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 July 2009 | Published: 16 July 2009

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L.L. Kwatsha, Department of Language & Literature, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

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This article focuses on gender inequalities in selected African literary texts. I explore the way in which some African writers view gender inequalities and stereotypes in their characters. We will also be able to see who is involved and affected by these gender inequalities and how. Gender theory will be used as a framework. The aspects of gender that are discussed, include gender stereotypes, gender roles, gender identity, the superiority of men, inequality in polygamous marriages, sex roles, the sexual division of labour and arranged marriage. This study will also include the views of writers from other part of Africa. These views have a lot in common but sometimes they vary because of the influence and different ideologies of the society concerned.


Gender; Patriarchy; Polygamy; Stereotype


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