Female Representation and Festus Iyayi’s Vision of African Womanhood in Violence and The Contract

  • Ibiene Evelyn Iboroma University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Abstract

Festus Iyayi’s Violence and The Contract have attracted a lot of literary attention especially in the area of Marxist criticism. Framed on feminist criticism, this study aims to encode Iyayi’s vision of African womanhood in Violence and The Contract which has scarcely been done. Through a careful study of the representation of female characters in these two texts, the paper posits that Iyayi denies his women positive identity by foisting on them the image of sexually loose women in their pursuit of economic existence. This sheds some light on his vision of African womanhood which this study argues is regressive. The paper concludes that the common parlance ‘use what you have to get what you want’ which Iyayi has unabashedly painted in Violence and The Contract is nothing but immoral lascivious living. The paper therefore recommends that no woman in trying to cope with the agony of existence should behave like any of the female characters in the texts under discussion. There are better and more honourable ways of making a living.


Keywords: Vision, feminist criticism, African womanhood, female characters, Festus Iyayi            

Published
2020-10-25
How to Cite
IBOROMA, Ibiene Evelyn. Female Representation and Festus Iyayi’s Vision of African Womanhood in Violence and The Contract. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 3, p. 207-214, oct. 2020. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <https://ijhumas.com/ojs/index.php/kiuhums/article/view/1024>. Date accessed: 22 jan. 2022.