A female narrative

“”Our Sister,” Sissie is rooted in her African communal society and all her responses are oriented toward decolonization and the education of this community. Unlike other exiles who have lost that sense of identity that comes from belonging to a community, Sissie becomes the eyes of her community, reporting on those lost ones who have forgotten maternal, familial and community ties, and squinting at these men – young and old – who refuse to return home.” (162)talking about exile, I cannot help connecting the Sissie, a female exile to the men exiles in The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. In fact, we will not deny the fact that there is a fundamental difference between female and male writing about exile. Aidoo’s sensitivity about the homeland, the rejection of civilization, her insistence on identity, color and race is opposed by Mengetsu’s crude realism, darker description of the homeland and the utter appropriation of the impossible American dream.

One more comparison could be the way race and gender operates in these two authors. There is a possible affair between a darker male and white female in Mengetsu’s text which seems to be unthinkable in Our sister Kill joy. The dynamics in these two texts seem to be irreconcilable; however, Aidoo seems to convey and at the same time resist the tropes that tend to feminize blackness itself or Africa in general.


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Ph.D student in Comparative Literature.
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