The generational link between Ama Ata Aidoo and Amma Darko: a case study of their prose works

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The works of female writers have often been dismissed as self-seeking texts that champion the parochial interests of women. In fact some African feminists, especially Molara Ogundipe-Leslie, have posited that the female writer must “tell us about being a woman” and “describe reality from a woman’s view, a woman’s perspective.” However, in an attempt to establish the generational link between the works of two prolific Ghanaian female writers (Ama Ata Aidoo and Amma Darko) this thesis has established the fact that the modern feminist is not concerned with exclusively female issues but equally focuses on the political, economic and socio-cultural realities of her society. Among other pertinent issues, Aidoo’s and Darko’s prose works which have been examined in this thesis show that both female writers have and continue to explore issues such as the negative effects of colonialism, self-exile, unemployment, the plight of the poor and the marginalised, racism, and domestic violence. Though writing from two different generations, Aidoo and Darko manifest continuity in the sort of issues their works explore although their artistic skills and their attitudes towards these issues differ slightly. It is this generational link in the issues Aidoo and Darko discuss that this thesis establishes. Most importantly, the thesis draws attention to the fact that modern feminists like Aidoo and Darko are not concerned with only female issues but also with other pertinent issues of their society.
A thesis presented to the Department Of English, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Philosophy in English, 2014