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An analysis of the theme of oppression in six narratives by South African women writers, 1925-1989

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. C.H. Mackenzie en_US
dc.contributor.author Bradfield, Shelley-Jean
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-12T06:34:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-12T06:34:57Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-12
dc.date.submitted 1996
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7505
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study attempts to trace the interrelationship between literature and its historical contexts in six stories by South African women writers. Six South African writers have been selected because their work foregrounds the theme of oppression and because they are representative of the different groupings of the South African population. In her story "The Sisters", Pauline Smith explores the silencing effects of gender oppression in a patriarchy. In "The Apostasy of Carlina", Bertha Goudvis writes of women-on-women oppression between the white and black races. Jayapraga Reddy explores the complexities of intercultural relationships in "Friends". In "Let Them Eat Pineapples", Lizeka Mda explores the oppressive effects of industrial-development on the tribal system in Transkei. In "Last Look at Paradise Road", Gladys Thomas, like Goudvis before her, focuses on the racial discrimination practised by whites against blacks. Gcina Mhlope reveals women-on-women oppression practised both by white-on-black and black-on-black. A chronological ordering of these short stories reveals certain changes in the extent to which attitudes to oppression are revealed and criticized. This study suggests that while there has not been a significant decrease in the degree of oppression to which South African women have been subjected, the increasing awareness and exposure of gender oppression suggests the promise of self-actualization in the struggle for democracy in South Africa. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Smith, Pauline. Sisters en_US
dc.subject Goudvis, Bertha. Apostasy of Carlina en_US
dc.subject Reddy, Jayapraga. Friends en_US
dc.subject Mda, Lizeka. Let them eat pineapples en_US
dc.subject Thomas, Gladys. One last look at Paradise Road en_US
dc.subject Mhlophe, Gcina. Toilet en_US
dc.subject Women authors, South African - History and criticism en_US
dc.subject Sex discrimination in literature en_US
dc.subject Feminism in literature en_US
dc.subject Race discrimination in literature en_US
dc.title An analysis of the theme of oppression in six narratives by South African women writers, 1925-1989 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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