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Tola Okunlola presents Reordering Tradition: The Female Body and Resistance in the Work of Julie Okoh

November 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

There is a historical convergence between phallocentric constructions of femaleness in everyday life in Africa and the narrative representations of femininity in modern African literature. For a long time, not only were women’s rights trampled upon without fear or repercussions, these gender(ed) atrocities were subordinated to and filtered through the lens of patriarchal hegemony. In this paper, I will proceed to show how the Nigerian playwright Julie Okoh, in her plays, uses culture as a point of entry to engaging with representations of the female body. In doing this, I particularly unpack the playwright’s multilayered engagements with gendered slurs such as “bottom power,” pointing to ways that she simultaneously deploys and subverts these slurs as a revolt against cultural practices that denigrate women.

Tola will share with us her paper for the upcoming African Studies Association. Please come, ask questions, and show your support for Tola. Hope to see many of you there!


November 7, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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