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Deconstructing Symbols of Female Attrition in Heterosexual Marriages: A Literary Perspective

Awogu-Maduagwu, Edith Abisola (2017) Deconstructing Symbols of Female Attrition in Heterosexual Marriages: A Literary Perspective. Uniosun Journal of Law, Development and the Humanities, II (2).

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Much of documented work on gender has tended to proffer so lutions to gender imbalance through the adjustment of social policies that are more inclusive of the needs and rights of women, without paying relative attention to the correlating sign structures which drive gendered behaviour in society such as symbols. Therefore, this paper examines the sustained role of symbols as precursors of gender attrition in the heterosexual marriage as portrayed in the lenses of literary texts featuring English speakin g Europe and post-colonial African societies; and from three periods in literary history. The texts used as illustration are Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew; Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre; and Chimamanda Adichie's Purple Hibiscus. The Symbolic Interactionist theory of sociology and the ·Feminist off-shoot of Nego-Feminism are adopted as analytical postures. While Symbolic Interactionism examines the content of symbolic dialogue between individuals in close proximity, Nego-Feminism projects a platfo rm for the understanding, reassessment and negotiation of gender power stru ctures within the heterosexual marriage institution with a view to achieving equity through peaceful and empathic negotiation. The research is expected to act as a launching pad for the review of traditional and obsolete symbols of status in gender role play.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2018 18:02
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2018 18:02

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