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This essay focuses on the title story of Bessie Head's collection The collector of treasures and pays particular attention to the role of the phallus in the text. The female protagonist's cutting off of her husband's genitals is seen as a de(con)struction of phallocratic society. The subsequent incarceration of Dikeledi is an attempt by patriarchy to reaffirm its control over her.doi:10.4102/lit.v17i1.588 fatcat:erk3nucn6jgpvodtzidb57vjz4