What is the concept of feminism in african literature?
Interesting question. Feminism within the African context is different in many ways and of course it also depends on the time period. The issue with literature written by Africans (in Africa) in the 20th century had more to do with the language in which the text was written than with anything else, as many writers (Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinko, notably–both males) struggle over writing in the language of the oppressor (English) versus making any money from writing. The same goes for women, only the issue is far more complex. Women are dealing with writing in anything other than English, as well as with a perception in Africa that women shouldn’t be writing at all. There are clearer lines between men and women in Africa, with women being perceived as inferior in many ways, as well as not having access to the tools of literacy and education in the first place. That is from the female writer perspective. Representations of women in African literature are also uni-dimensional or even non-e