2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

An Examination of African Feminism in Ama Ata Aidoo's Changes: Identity versus Culture
Artesia S. Willis
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

This paper will focus on the ways in which Esi, in Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo explores how her knowledge of African culture and womanhood affects her personality and identity. Esi is yearning for individuality as she goes from one marriage to the next, being challenged with issues of colonialism and male dominance. Esi is torn between her morals and values outlined by her cultural background and her starvation for an education and a career. Meanwhile, she is forced to become subdued by her status and her place within society. Drawing on African Criticism, this paper will focus on the discrepancy between African women and American women as they struggle to establish careers and shape their identities around what is expected from them and what is presented within the novel.

Keywords: African culture, education, male dominance, women, Changes

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 49-3
Location: VH 1304
Time: 1:45

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