Representations of Men and Masculinity in Ghanaian Literature and Film


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships




The aim of this proposal is to produce a book manuscript from my doctoral dissertation which examines the representation of men and masculinities in Ghanaian literature and film. By interrogating how the writers, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ayi Kwei Armah, Amma Darko, Kofi Aidoo, Ayesha Harruna Attah, and the filmmakers Kwaw Ansah and Shirley Frimpong -Manso present the male characters in their works, the study seeks to ascertain how the man negotiates a place for himself in the gender politics of a changing world in his pursuit of hegemony, in his subversion and challenging of this concept and in his craving for or rejection of alternative masculinities. The interrogation of these concepts enables me to conclude that the quest for hegemonic masculinity is costly with far- reaching consequences; that although some stereotypes of masculine images are still present in the texts, different versions of masculine identities are also portrayed.