Lecture17

Lecture17 - Christie Hua 5/26/09 LECTURE 17 AFRICAN...

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Christie Hua 5/26/09 LECTURE 17 – AFRICAN FEMINISM I. must understand dynamics of African feminism a. this is a historical novel b. pair Playing in the Light with The Stone Virgins c. women in Africa II. Women in Africa a. Africa is complex i. Indigenous roots from colonialism and elsewhere ii. Gender roles are very diverse iii. But men dominate iv. Education in Our Sister Killjoy 1. she was selected with the few bright ones to go 2. an equal opportunity critic 3. express relationship between Africa and Europe 4. African womanhood is related to historical and economic realities 5. much of Africa is poor a. paradox: much mineral wealth b. gender roles are also class-inflicted c. go among the interests of the elite women i. shouldn’t blame on “backward culture” or traditions ii. women with birth 1. learned nursing instead of hard sciences III. Preexisting hierarchies a. Whatever they had there was improved on by colonial education i. When colonialists sent out ppl to build empire, they didn’t send out women ii. Men were trusted with the task of building the empire iii. Women were shortchanged 1. given a type of education that was lower in class 2. woman’s condition is embedded in intricate net of
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