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Title: The girl child is not a "hen that wants to be a cock": A short survey of the portrayal of the girl child in Alumenda's selected children's books.
Authors: Kangira, Jairos
Keywords: Children's literature
Girls in literature
African girls in literature
Alumenda, Stephen - Characters
Portrayal of girls in literature
Authors, Zimbabwean
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Polytechnic of Namibia, Department of English Communication.
Citation: Kangira, J. (2009). The girl child is not a 'hen that wants to be a cock': A short survey of the portrayal of the girl child in Alumenda's selected children's books. Nawa Journal of Language and Communication, 3(2), 187-192.
Abstract: This paper illustrates that Stephen Alumenda represents the girl-child in a positive way in four of his children’s books. The girl-child is portrayed as active, assertive, wise and independent. Alumenda satirises the patriarchal belief system that discriminates against and demeans the girl-child in society. Alumenda’s girl-child emerges dignified, proving that girls can do what boys do equally well if given the same opportunities. Through carefully crafted plots involving Marita, Tambudzai and Thandiwe, the author demonstrates that children’s literature is an indispensable medium which can be used to empower the girl-child.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10628/108
ISSN: 1993-3835.
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