The Taboo Motif and Gender Issues in Irene Salami's ''The Queen Sisters'' and ''More Than Dancing''

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All over, countries, states, villages and towns have their customs, norms and taboos inclusive. While the developed countries and the European community have over the years been able to deconstruct some of their taboos, the same cannot be said of the developing countries most especially African countries. In Nigeria, for example, customs have remained intact in most of the ethnic groups. Thus, this paper is set to examine some taboos in two plays by Irene Salami, a female writer vis-a-vis gender perspective to see how taboo has been used to marginlize women on one hand and on the other hand to see their reactions and views representing the women in academia. Using the analytical method, we therefore submit that with women's participation in the fight for gender equality and decision-making, the battle can indeed be won.


Keywords: Taboo, Motif, Gender, Customs
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Oyeleye Dairo

Lecturer, History and International Relations, Redeemer's University
Mowe, Ogun, Nigeria

I am a Lecturer in the Department of History and International Relations, Redeemer's University. I had my first and second degrees from the Department of History from University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, Lagos State while I am presntly undergoing my Ph.d programme in the Department of History, University of Ibadan. My areas of specialization include Gender Studies and Economic History. I have carried out various researches on Women in Nigeria. This include"Fashion, Women and Globalization: An Insight into Women Responses to Western Dress Modes in Nigeria, 1985-2005" and "The Role of Women in Economic Activities of Egbaland, 1830-2000". Just to mention a few.

Lateef Olaitan Rasheed

Lecturer, Theatre Arts, Redeemer's University
Mowe, Ogun, Nigeria

Iam a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts, Redeemer's University. I had my first and second degrees from the Department Theatre Arts and Communication Arts from the University of Jos while I am presently undergoing my Ph.d programme in the Department of Theatre Arts University of Ilorin, Nigeria. My area of specialization include Theatre Directing while papers that i have worked on include "Space Consideration in the Staging ofFemi Osoisan's Morountodun and Nigeria in the 21th Century: Pathway to Development, the Theatre for Development Alternative." Just to mention a few.

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