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Impact of Christianity on African Women in Buchi Emecheta’s Novels

  1. National Institute of Technology Manipur, Langol 795004, India
  2. D.M. College of Arts, Imphal, Manipur 795001, India
Version 1 : Received: 25 July 2016 / Approved: 27 July 2016 / Online: 27 July 2016 (04:18:57 CEST)

How to cite: Bedana, L.; Laishram, S.; Priyobrata Singh, M. Impact of Christianity on African Women in Buchi Emecheta’s Novels. Preprints 2016, 2016070082 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201607.0082.v1). Bedana, L.; Laishram, S.; Priyobrata Singh, M. Impact of Christianity on African Women in Buchi Emecheta’s Novels. Preprints 2016, 2016070082 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201607.0082.v1).

Abstract

The African society is one of the societies with rich culture and traditions. Apart from the indigenous religion of Africa, Christianity and Islam are worshiped as the major religions of the African society. Literature reflects a great amount of influence of religions on the existing societies, people and cultures. African literature often mirrors the clash of indigenous religion with Christianity. In the writings of African authors one can find the elements of Christian beliefs and practices. The present paper, however, is focused on the African woman novelist Buchi Emecheta’s selected four novels: Second-Class Citizen (1974), The Bride Price (1976), The Slave-Girl (1977) and The Joys of Motherhood (1979). The paper attempts to discuss the impact of Christianity on the social and cultural aspects of the African society with special focus on African women. The findings reveal the positive as well as negative impacts of the new religion on African people and on the position of African women through the characters present in the selected novels. With the medium of writing and through Christianity, Emecheta seek to educate her society and improve upon the position of the African women.

Subject Areas

Africa, African women, Christianity, Igbo society, patriarchy, post-colonialism, feminism, womanism

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