“WOMEN, CONFLICT AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT: WOMEN AND RAGE IN FEMI OSOFISAN’S WOMEN OF OWU”

Bosede Funke Afolayan

Abstract


An extreme situation of conflict such as war is the material with which Women of Owu by Femi Osofisan is moulded. Experiences of women re called to view. As an adaptation of Trojan Women by Euripides, le obvious criticism is to draw out the similarities and differences etween these two plays. This paper, however seeks to examine the isponses of women to the agonising effects of war. In other words, v attempt to discuss Osofisan’s representation of these women’s tactions to an overwhelmingly frustrating event such as war. The uestions this paper seeks to answer are what is the role of women in this conflict and how are they able to contain the aggression? In tpressing their rage, we observe that these women engage in poetic mentations, expose their naked bodies, and use harsh language and incantatory wailing and communal crying as tools of resistance, lowever, they seem powerless in the face of stronger challenges tcause they are constrained by gender in particular and culture in tneral. Although historical, the play’s implications for modern life K immense because of its topicality, the universality of war, and pecially in the raging rebellions and crises in the world.Almost all those who rule and manage are male:interesting and important phenomena are identified from a male perspective as well as from the perspective of those who manage and control. Women are largely absent from this world: the female domain of production and reproduction that provides necessary infrastructure for the male world is, despite its importance, invisible, uninteresting to many social scientists, and largely unconceptualised. (Acker, Barry and Esseveld 1991: 137, quoted in Albert Isaac, “Rethinking the impact of Patriarchy on Feminist Epistemology and Methodology in Nigeriap.59)

 

 

 


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