Journeying out of silenced familial spaces in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple hibiscus

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dc.contributor.author Ouma, Chrispher Ernest Werimo
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-09T11:47:55Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-09T11:47:55Z
dc.date.issued 2008-12-09T11:47:55Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/5879
dc.description.abstract This study explores the silencing of familial spaces in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus. It probes into how the familial space is invested with religiosity: how ritual and norm structure and silence familial spaces and how transcendence from these spaces can be achieved through elements of laughter, music and sexuality. The study uses post-colonial theories, concepts of familial ideology and familial theory to read the text. The introductory chapter provides a politico-historical background of the text, then a literary historiography of how the familial trope has been used in African literature with special focus on Achebe. The chapter also outlines the theoretical framework of the study while anticipating the issues to be dealt with. Chapter two focuses on how the familial space is invested with religious rituals and how these silence the familial space. Chapter three examines how augmentation out of the silenced familial spaces works through elements of laughter, sexuality and music. Chapter four investigates the family as a portrait of the state and most significantly how these two institutions are portrayed to be in a complex relationship. The study’s conclusion is that the family can be used as an alternative site for discourses of marginality and can give a nuanced critique of the postcolony. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject familial space en
dc.subject Purple Hibiscus en
dc.subject religious rituals en
dc.subject African literature en
dc.subject Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie en
dc.title Journeying out of silenced familial spaces in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple hibiscus en
dc.type Thesis en


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