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Re-imagining family and gender roles in Aminatta Forna's Ancestor Stones

dc.contributor.authorNg'umbi, Yunusy Castoryen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-12T09:26:35Z
dc.date.available2018-07-12T09:26:35Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationNg'umbi, Y. C. 2017. Re-imagining family and gender roles in Aminatta Forna's Ancestor Stones. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 54(2):86-99, doi:10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.54i2.2772.
dc.identifier.issn2309-9070 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0041-476X (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.54i2.2772
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104131
dc.descriptionCITATION: Ng'umbi, Y. C. 2017. Re-imagining family and gender roles in Aminatta Forna's Ancestor Stones. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 54(2):86-99, doi:10.17159/2309-9070/tvl.v.54i2.2772.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://journals.assaf.org.za/tvl
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines the interplay between polygyny and gender by exploring the way in which family structure and gender roles are negotiated, imagined and exercised in fiction. Aminatta Forna's Ancestor stones (2006) is read in order to explore how the institution of polygyny changes over time and how it influences gender role negotiation. Using an African feminist approach, the paper juxtaposes the historical and contemporary institution of polygyny in relation to gender role negotiation and how contemporary writers build on their literary precursors in re-writing the history of polygyny and gender according to the socio-cultural needs of twenty-first century Africans. These changes in socio-cultural, economic and political spheres in Africa have played a pivotal role in altering family structure and arrangements. I therefore argue that the changes in familial structure and arrangement necessitate gender role negotiation.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://journals.assaf.org.za/tvl/article/view/2772
dc.format.extent14 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAcademy of Science of South Africa
dc.subjectSex roleen_ZA
dc.subjectForna, Aminatta -- Criticism and interpretationen_ZA
dc.subjectFamilies in literatureen_ZA
dc.titleRe-imagining family and gender roles in Aminatta Forna's Ancestor Stonesen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
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