The use of narrative voices in the presentation of ideological dispensation in three novels by Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye
Oduor, Benson Joackim
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This study investigates Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye's use of various narrators to portray female characters in Coming to Birth, The Present Moment and Homing In. By focusing on the narrators' self expression, the study investigates the writer's ideological position as well as the organizational skills used to construct the unique experiences and realities of the female character. The thesis investigates the implications of the narrative discourse that underlie narratorial voice in Macgoye's selected texts in an attempt to identify how these are mediated by factors such as gender relations, social concerns and cultural values. These are the essential concepts underlying the> ideology which informs the medium through which the textual reality is presented in the selected novels. The analysis has been facilitated by the theory of the narrative as understood within the larger stylistic approach to literature. The theory sees the novel as a story with a storyteller who can take several positions. This is a conceptual study that has relied on close readings of the selected texts. The study has taken the format of discussions and reflections guided by illustrative data collected from the selected texts. The analytical process is based on the premise that the nature and interactions of the various narratorial voices will foreground Macgoye's ideology in the texts under study. The study establishes that Macgoye uses different narratorial voices and strategies to present her ideological dispensation. Finally, the study makes some recommendations for further research on Macgoye's literary works.