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Essay on Voice in Things Fall Apart and Anthills of the Savannah

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Voice in Things Fall Apart and Anthills of the Savannah In "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourse," Chandra Talpade Mohanty indicates a fundamental flaw in most western feminist analysis: the presupposition that girls, "across classes and cultures, are somehow socially included as a homogenous group recognizable before the process of analysis." It is a flaw in thinking that contributes to "the assumption of girls as an always-already featured group, one that was labelled 'powerless,' 'exploited,' 'sexually harassed,'etc., by feminist scientific, economic, legal and sociological discourse." For Mohanty, such erroneous thinking results in feminist discourse "very similar to sexist discourse labelling women too weak, emotional, having mathematics stress, etc." In these feminist discourse, "the focus isn't on discovering the material and ideological specificities that constitute a bunch of women as 'helpless' in a particular circumstance. It is quite on locating a number of cases of 'helpless' groups of women to prove the general purpose that girls as a group are helpless" (200). Furthermore, Mohanty indicates that there exists a "claim to credibility," a claim, in her opinion, too often ignored by Western feminists - that the concept that "just a black can talk for a black; only a postcolonial subcontinental feminist can adequately reflect the lived experience of the culture" (201). Mohanty's arguments are well worth considering: the stereotyped sorts of oppression which Mohanty notes as being typical of western feminist analysis (women as victim of male violence, women as worldwide dependents, married women as victims of the colonial process, etc.) can indeed be nearly as reductive, co.. .

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