RESILIENT PATRIARCHY, WOMANIST PERSPECTIVES AND GENDER DIALOGUE IN DANIEL INYANG'S AUDACIOUS

Udofot Jacob Okon

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This work examines the socio-cultural issues that inform Daniel Inyang’s portrayal of patriarchal hegemony and womanist perspectives in the play, Audacious. Gender discourse has received much attention in literary sphere as creative writers, feminist activists and scholars continue to bring their talents and conscience to bear on the continuous dialoguing and mediation of African cultural practices where cultural traditions tend to arrogate to men the power to use women as tools to achieve certain social aims. Relying on Chikwenye Ogunyemi's African Womanism as its analytical theory, this work interrogates gender-biased conceptions depicted in Inyang’s drama piece. The study adopts qualitative approach in its analysis through critical reading of the text. It notes that patriarchy is culturally supported, hence, male and female must have to resist gender-based oppression. It further argues that family system and society must eschew lopsided negotiations of roles that put female gender at the marginal ladder of the world. The work concludes that female children are part of the family and should not be used as baits to acquire wealth hence the choice and rights of female children should be respected at equal basis.


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patriarchal hegemony, gender discourse, female children, womanism, Daniel Inyang.

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