Patriarchy and Gender Resistance in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (1959) and Ama Ata Aidoo's The Dilemma of a Ghost (1965)
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Authors and women's rights pioneers Lorraine Hansberry and Ama Ata Aidoo are known for dealing with daring issues that challenge the political systems of their countries. Their writings are mirrors that reflect the bitter reality of women and the African communities in the world. This piece of research falls within comparative African and Afro-American literatures. It handles Ama Ata Aidoo's 1964 play The Dilemma of a Ghost and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (1959). It discusses the issues of patriarchy and gender resistance in both plays. To reach our purpose and to support our premise, we rely on Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (1984), a book written by the African American author and feminist activist bell hooks. The basic premise is that both Ama Ata Aidoo and Lorraine Hansberry converge in their depiction of African and Afro-American women of the postcolonial Africa and postwar America as victims of patriarchy, but more as resistant to it. They both use powerful women who strive to regain their womanhood.
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