Discourse Features of Feminism in Some of Flora Nwapa's Novels

Adegbite, Wale ; Kehinde, Ayo (2003)


This study describes the discourse features of feminism in some of Flora Nwapa's novels, while focusing on two of them. Efuru (1966) and Women are Different (1981). The study identifies the discourse features in the texts and describes them under relevant discourse categories. Lastly, it interprets the messages of the texts by relating them to the social context of the Igbo/African reader. The findings of the study reveal several features pertaining to narrative technique, interaction, transaction, presence/absence/silence, turn taking and contributions of characters, moves and acts. For example, they reveal the following features under the narrative technique: the third-person omniscient narrator, collective heroinism and documentation/historicization. The above features and others which present control, dominance, as well as sex and social roles in the texts are illustrated, and some of them are discussed in order to foreground the literary-linguistic and feminist consciousness of Nwapa.