Masculinity Portrayed in the Arts.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Masculinity in African literature: in praise of a literary heartthrob

As a feminist, Minna Salami is interested in how masculinity is portrayed in the arts. She defends Odenigbo – from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun – as a romantic hero as impactful and lusted-after as Don Juan, Heathcliff and Romeo,

From the cultural world to family life, recent discussions point to an increased interest in portrayals of masculinity in society.

The development is welcome. As a writer who is feminist, one of my most fond interests is masculinity. Yes, masculinity. It may sound like an oxymoron but transforming men’s roles is a necessary task while transforming women’s roles.

That is why I’ve been writing about masculinity for years – about things that I like about men, and things that I don’t like as much, about my complex relationship towhite masculinity, about crises in masculinity, about why we should objectify men, eroticise society, and stop associating male genitalia with violence.

As a writer of African heritage, I am also interested in the specific ways that African masculinity is shaped: how are African men portrayed in film and literature?

This led me to a literary male archetype, namely the heartthrob. Subsequently, it occurred to me that little has been said about the African literary heartthrob. Who, if anyone, would be the ultimate heartthrob in the African literary canon?

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,May 26, 2016.

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