Vol. 6, Issue 4 (2020)
Composite identities: A representation in yvonne adhiambo owuor’s weight of whispers
Author(s): Kasiera Fernandes Esadia, Omuteche Juirus, Kesero Tunui
Abstract: This paper analyzes the representations of identity struggles in Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s narrative “Weight of Whispers” based on the understanding that identity issues and those to do with belonging are dominant in the narrative. The fact that literature always mirrors the daily experiences of the society and community from which a writer comes from implies that the issues represented in the texts in a way therefore reflect the contemporary societal setup and interactions in the society of the setting. Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s selected text has been studied to determine the extent to which it projects the challenges, struggles and the length to which characters go to in their quest to understand and (re)create their identity. This paper looks at how Yvonne Owuor, through her text’s themes, character and characterization therein, brings to the fore the national, cultural and personal struggles Africans go through in an attempt to define who they are. Using the postcolonial theoretical ideas, augmented by the post-structural theoretical thinking, this paper explores how Yvonne Owuor through her text highlights the characters’ day-to-day experiences in the places they occupy in relation to the multi-layered identity struggles. Intertextuality, the argument that texts elaborate other texts with which they engage in various forms of dialogue, was employed in making a comparative analysis of the primary text.