Graduiertenschule für die Geisteswissenschaften

Amelordzi, Shika

" Journeys, Disruptions, and Returns: Migration in the 20th and the 21st Centuries from the Perspective of Selected African Female Novelists".

Kontaktadresse an der Universität Würzburg:
Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik
Am Hubland
97074 Würzburg

E-Mail an Frau Amelordzi

Erstbetreuer/in:  PD Dr. Heike Raphael-Hernandez


Prof. Dr. Catrin Gersdorf

Dr. Jennifer Leetsch (Univ. Bonn)

Klasse in der Graduiertenschule:  "Philosophie, Sprachen, Künste"

Promotion in der Graduiertenschule ab WS 2022/2023.

The international migration of sub-Saharan Africans to western countries has dramatically increased in recent years, especially between 2010 and 2017. According to the Pew Research Institute (2018), emigrants from some sub-Saharan African countries grew by 50% or more from 2010 to 2017. The influx of immigrants, especially illegal migrants, to Europe has become an issue of concern for the European Union. Hence, it is pertinent to comparatively study African migration in the 20th and 21st centuries to understand and expand the discourse on African migration. Novels written in 20th and 21st centuries present a broader dimension for analysing migration, patriarchy, gender, alienation, re/deconstruction of female migrant identity, subjectivity and racism comparatively. This study aims to examine the differences, similarities, and progress in the image of African female migrants in selected novels written in this period. It argues that African migrant experiences, as well as the factors that cause them to immigrate to western countries, are diverse and cannot, therefore, be given a monolithic representation. Also, it argues that there has been a continuum of the African female migrant from the 20th to 21st century. She grows from being controlled by patriarchy to a global figure who determines her own destiny using her experiences and exposure.