The Portrayal of Masculinities in Selected Works of Henry Ole Kulet Literature Department
Kiiya, Muyundo John
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The study interrogates the indicators of masculinity and investigates the challenges to masculinity in selected works of Henry Ole Kulet. Further, it explores how the selected texts endorse or subvert notions of manhood. The population of the study comprises Ole Kulet‟s eight texts, out of which, the study sampled Is it Possible?, To Become a Man and Moran no More. The masculinity literary theory and the post-colonial literary theory were applied to the study. The masculinity literary theory as posited by Connell, Lee and Carrygan is applied to the study of the three selected novels. The masculinity literary theory is based on the attributes of men, the dos and don‟ts and their relationship with one another in line with their positions and roles in society. The post-colonial literary theory accounts for the influence of European colonial rule on the indigenous people. The theory deals with literature of both the colonized, or formerly colonized and that of colonizers or former colonizers. The qualitative research design method is applied to the study. The study finds that the Maasai boys subscribe to a variety of masculinities either individually or according to the society they hail from. There are challenges to masculinity in Henry Ole Kulet‟s texts. These challenges hamper the spread of masculinity or cause diversity in masculinity. It is recommended that a study be conducted on patriarchy, the idea that men should provide adequate economic support for one‟s family and the role of education in the transformation of masculinity in selected works of Ole Kulet.