Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2020, Page: 53-59
A Palimpsestic Reading of Female Identity in Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus
Peace Sorochi Longdet, Department of English, School of Languages, Federal College of Education, Pankshin, Nigeria
Received: Mar. 1, 2020;       Accepted: Mar. 17, 2020;       Published: Apr. 7, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200502.11      View  88      Downloads  46
This study examines female identity in the novel of Chimamanda N. Adichie using an eclectic model that combines African feminist theory and palimpsestic analogy. A critical reading of the text reveals that African women writers have a strong commitment towards the redefinition of female identity in literary texts. In terms of the major preoccupation of female writers in their works, it has been observed that Adichie is passionate about her projection of strong female characters alongside weak female characters that function under the traditional atmosphere. Adichie creates female characters that on the surface appear docile, timid, robot–like and passive, however through her dexterous master – craft she proceeds to deconstruct, such portraiture to allow the creation of another identity on the erased surface. This style, gives the female characters a multi-layered pattern similar to that of an erased writing on a piece of parchment-palimpsest. I argue that through this palimpsestic portraiture, Adichie advocates for other means of female assertion- education is a strong weapon for her female characters’ self-assertion and empowerment. The study, therefore, suggests that for objective reading and interpretation of Purple Hibiscus particularly as it relates to female characters critics should negotiate the ability to look at women’s work with fresher eye.
Palimpsest, Female Identity, Gender, Oppressive System Africa
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Peace Sorochi Longdet, A Palimpsestic Reading of Female Identity in Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2020, pp. 53-59. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200502.11
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