Healing tongues : an exploration of the impact of orature on literary texts by Black women

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dc.contributor.advisor Christiansen-Ruffman, Linda
dc.coverage.spatial Africa
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.creator Oyinsan, Olubunmi
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:51Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:51Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.other PN56.3 B55 O95 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22315
dc.description vii, 179 leaves ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendix.
dc.description 'Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Joint Women's Studies Programme at Saint Mary's University, Mount Saint Vincent University.'
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 161-168)l
dc.description.abstract Most theories designed to appraise literary works by Africans and people of African descent have acknowledged the major influence of orature, but the concept (or conceptualisation) of orature in these works, mainly by men, has been focused only on limited aspects of orature. This thesis critically examines four theories: bolekaja criticism proposed by Chinwezu, Onwuchekwa Jemie and Ihechukwu Madubuike (1980); the blues as code and force as explicated by Houston Baker Jr. (1984); the signifyin(g) monkey as proffered by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.(1998); and the African imagination which has been put forward by Abiola Irele ( 2001). Using a more holistic, feminist conception of orature, this thesis examines the ways in which orature in all its ramifications has impacted the works of seven women writers who are African or of African decent. The writers examined are: Phillis Wheatley, Lorraine Hansberry, Ama Ata Aidoo, Buchi Emecheta, Toni Morrison, Mariama Ba, and Tsitsi Dangarembga. In a bid to examine the relevance; of orature to their works, it highlights the presence of dialogic exchanges between their works and oral lore. This thesis maintains that a dialogue exists between Black women writers and orature in more ways than male critics have acknowledged. It also shows that true to African oral tradition, intertextual dialogue takes place among these women writers.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University : Mount Saint Vincent University
dc.subject.lcc PN56.3.B55
dc.subject.lcsh Wheatley, Phillis, -- 1753-1784 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Hansberry, Lorraine, -- 1930-1965 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Aidoo, Ama Ata, -- 1942- -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Emecheta, Buchi -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Morrison, Toni -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Bâ, Mariama -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Dangarembga, Tsitsi -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Women authors, Black -- Africa, West
dc.subject.lcsh African American women authors -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Oral tradition in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Oral tradition -- Africa, West
dc.subject.lcsh African American oral tradition -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
dc.subject.lcsh West African literature -- Women authors
dc.subject.lcsh West African literature -- Black authors
dc.subject.lcsh Feminist literary criticism
dc.title Healing tongues : an exploration of the impact of orature on literary texts by Black women
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Women's Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Women's Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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