Resonances of Osofisan’s Women of Owu: A Postmodernist Approach

International Journal of Integrative Humanism Vol. 10 No. 1, November 2018.
ISSN: 2026 – 6286

Epochi-Olise, Etuwe Ruth

Osofisan’s creativity and inventiveness make him a standout among African writers. He innovatively adapts foreign plays to suit the socio-cultural and socio-political milieu of his society. Looking at Euripides’ The Trojan Women written in 415BC, the lamentation of the women of Troy grieving for their husbands and children and the destruction of the homes and debased dignity, is presently resonated in Women of Owu and in extension the modern victims (especially women) of war, terrorism, insurgency and inter/intra-ethnic clashes. This paper, therefore, aims to examine the reasons for these oppressive acts and the effects on women. The paper also identifies the allusions found in Women of Owu and finally highlights the costs and consequences of the changes during and after wartime.

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