Date of Award

3-29-1991

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Thesis

Department

English

Abstract

Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta writes about the lives of twentieth century Nigerian women. Living during the post-World War II decades of British colonialism, and the subsequent move towards Nigerian Independence in the 1950s, Emecheta's women are affected by some of the most dramatic social and cultural changes in their country's history. Colonialism brings with it abrupt changes in the degree of political power held by Nigerians in their own country, and fosters the urbanization and expansion of market centers like Lagos, based on exploitative systems of raw material extraction for the colonial power. Imposing an increasingly western sensibility on Nigeria, the British occupation also brings different codes of ethics and morality to Nigeria, greatly challenging indigenous modes of existence.