FROM SILENCE TO RESISTANCE: UNVEILING MALE DOMINANCE AND VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA THROUGH THE LENS OF CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE’S PURPLE HIBISCUS

Authors

  • M. HARRAN Applied Language Studies Department, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  • S. RUDMAN Applied Language Studies Department, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  • A. IBITOYE Applied Language Studies Department, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Abstract

This article explores male dominance and violence in Nigeria through the lens of Chimamanda Adichie's novel, Purple Hibiscus. Socialist feminist theory and post-colonial feminist theory were used as the theoretical framework, and feminist critical discourse analysis (FCDA) was used to analyse the data with the aid of Atlas.ti software. The study sought to create awareness of gender inequality, suggest ways of combating violence against women and female suppression, and promote new conceptualisations of masculinity, femininity and inequality. It also explored how language was used in the construction of gender identity and how this reflected male dominance and violence in Nigeria. This FCDA study of male dominance and violence in Chimamanda Adichie's Purple Hibiscus was conceptualized as a result of the gender inequality that is prevalent in Nigeria. This study attempted to increase awareness of the existence of male dominance and violence in Nigeria, which has implications for the continent.

Keywords:

Male Dominance, Violence, Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis, Gender Inequality, Gender Equality, Feminism

Published

31-10-2023

How to Cite

M. HARRAN, S. RUDMAN, & A. IBITOYE. (2023). FROM SILENCE TO RESISTANCE: UNVEILING MALE DOMINANCE AND VIOLENCE IN NIGERIA THROUGH THE LENS OF CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE’S PURPLE HIBISCUS. International Journal of Humanities, Literature and Art Research, 2(1). Retrieved from https://mediterraneanpublications.com/mejhlar/article/view/187