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???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Prof. A. Subba Rao
Thomas, Abebe
Issue Date: 14-Nov-2012
Publisher: aau
Abstract: There are a considerable number of literary theories prevalent in the discipline of literary criticism and all of which are very essential in analyzing works of art. Feminist literary criticism is one of these tools which has become a dominant force in approaching literary works for quite some time now. Recognizing the timeliness of this literary theory in relation to the present situation, this paper investigates the image of woman in Ethiopian Amharic fiction. In doing so, only those Ethiopian Amharic fictional novels published within the last thirty years are included in this study. This decision is taken up since there are already some research papers available on feminist readings on Amharic fictional works produced prior to 1970's. The three Amharic novels on which this particular feminist study is based include Yewodiyanesh (1978) by Haile Melekot Mewal, Senselt (1983) by Fekade Yohannes, and Yelot Menqed (1998) by Tekelu Tilahu. This thesis is generally organized into four chapters. The first chapter is the introduction. In this chapter research elements such as background of the study, statement of the problem along with objective, significance and limitations of the study are all presented. The literature review is the second chapter. Here literature related to this particular study is reviewed to discuss the theoretical background as well as to evolve the conceptual framework of the study. The third chapter is devoted to the analysis of and discussions on the image of woman in the three Amharic novels Yewdiyanesh, Senselet and Yelot Menged. In the fourth chapter the common and different image of woman as witnessed in these three novels are discussed in order to point out the general image of woman in these novels. II The overall research findings indicate that women have been predominantly depicted in the Ethiopian Amharic novels negatively accompanied slightly, however, by a few positive images. While the negative images include portraying women as just only mothers, wives and daughters confined to the household as well as viewing them as sex objects, the positive images present women as college students and professionals who are engaged in the public life.
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