Kenyan Women’s Literature in Swahili as a Factor of Female Rights Development

  • Mikhail Gromov United States International University-Africa
Keywords: Feminism, literature, Kiswahili, Kenya

Abstract

In a previously published article, the author of this study asserted that feminism, as a system of views establishing and defending equal rights and opportunities for women, has acquired a profound stand in Kenyan literature already since its formation period, the first decades of the country’s independence, in the works of such writers as Grace Ogot, Rebecca Njau, Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye and others, whose names now rightfully and deservedly form the treasury of Kenyan writing. In their books these writers were addressing the whole variety of problems that modern Kenyan women were faced with, forming new post-colonial mentality in concern with these problems and their solutions both in female and male audiences (primarily addressing the former) – and thus contributing to the advancement of Kenyan society (see Gromov 2017).

Author Biography

Mikhail Gromov, United States International University-Africa
Mikhail D. Gromov is the Assistant Professor of Literature at the United States International University in Nairobi since 2005, teaching African, European and world literature. MA in African literature and Swahili language at Moscow Lomonosov State University (1989); Ph.D. (1993) and Dr. Lett. (2005) in African literature at Gorky Institute of World Literature (Moscow); Assistant Professor at Moscow University, 1992 - 2002; researcher and temporary lecturer at the University of Nairobi (Department of Literature) in 2003-2004. Published a number of works on modern Swahili literature; one of the co-authors in recently published Outline of Swahili Literature (Brill, 2009). Participated in international conferences on African literature in Europe and Africa. Areas of interest: literatures of Eastern and Southern Africa in English and indigenous languages, Swahili literature, comparative literature.

 

Published
2022-06-13

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