Date of Award
Master of Arts - English
Dr. Ericka Hoagland
Dr. Courtney Adams-Wooten
Dr. Kevin West
Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant
This thesis focuses on women’s struggle against apartheid in the South African novel. By means of textual analysis, the study explores the different ways in which apartheid oppressed women in South Africa and how women responded to the forces of oppression. In fact, at the core of this study is the contention that the anti-apartheid movement was shaped as much by women as it was by men like Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Steve Biko and Albert Luthuli, who often served as the faces of the anti-apartheid movement. Thus, this thesis situates itself within the scholarship that appreciates and recognizes the efforts and sacrifices that were made by women towards the cause for liberation in South Africa. The study explores the portrayal of women’s activism in the selected fictional works Lauretta Ngcobo’s And They Didn’t Die, Njabulo Ndebele’s The Cry of Winnie Mandela, and Kagiso Molope’s Dancing in the Dust. By examining these three South African novelists’ portrayal of women as comrades in their own right, and not as mere appendages to men, this study further promotes the reformulation of black women’s roles in African fictional narratives.
Dlamini, Ntfonjeni, ""COMRADES IN THEIR OWN RIGHT": WOMEN'S STRUGGLE AGAINST APARTHEID IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN NOVEL" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 133.
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