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Title: Analysis of Gender Relations as Reflected in Amharic Proverbs and Oral Poems of West Goijam Zone
Advisors: Dr. A. Subba Rao
Keywords: Amharic Proverbs
Gender Relations
Oral Poems of West Goijam Zone
Copyright: Jul-2009
Date Added: 28-Nov-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: This study is based on analyzing gender relations as reflected in Amharic oral genres ofWest Gojjamzone-with special emphasis on poetry and proverbs. The study has four chapters. These are Introduction, Reviewof Related Literature, Analysis as wellas Summary and Conclusion. The first chapter introduces the statement of the problem, objectives of the study, significance ofthe study, scope and limitations, organization, methods of data collection and analysis and translation. The second chapter discusses theoretical issues ofthe study. The concepts offolkloreand oral literature have been discussed as background. As the study mainly revolves around oral literature, attempts have been made to clarifyits characteristics and functions. Definitions and some other aspects of proverbs and oral poems have also been provided specifically. The data collected reveal the patriarchal view of the traditional community of West Gojjam. Most of the proverbs and poems reflect superiority of men and inferiority ofwomen. Women are subordinated in many instances. Therefore, some aspects of gender relations and images of women have been assessed from the feminist theoretical point of view. In addition, chapter two has incorporated assessments of previous researches on gender based oral genres. The-socio cultural background of West Gojjam zone has also been discussed in the last part ofthis chapter. Chapter three, deals with the analysis ofthe data. The proverbs and oral poems have been classified into two broad categories. The first category which is sub dividedinto 13topics shows negative images ofthe society towards women. The second one depicts positive images of women in West Gojjam though only in a fewercases. The last chapter, which is chapter four, tries to summarize what has been done in the study. Based on the findings of the study conclusions have been drawn and some recommendations have also been made.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4084
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