Young Adult Vulnerabilities in the Fiction of a Ugandan Woman Writer

Alice Jossy Kyobutungi Tumwesigye
2022 Global Research in Higher Education  
Questions of identity, power, autonomy and vulnerability carry a particular weight in cultures that have emerged from colonialism. Although few writers of fiction focus on the conflicts between African and European characters, a focus on power and marginalisation remains. One category in which this focus may be plainly seen is writing for and about young people. The study's aim was to analyse young adult fiction written by a Ugandan female author, Barbara Kimenye to investigate this writing to
more » ... ind out how young adult vulnerability is depicted in literature. Although literature targeting young people in Uganda has flourished and though issues of limited representation have been scrutinised in literary studies, like gender discrimination, very limited attention has been accorded young adult representation in literature. This research analyses fiction written by a female author Barbara Kimenye to expand knowledge about the criticism of young adult representation in literature with particular focus on young adult vulnerability in an adult dominated world. The methodology was mainly qualitative research design, where a document analysis method was used to aid analysis and make critical appreciation of the fictional works. The study investigated the state of young adult characters in literature with special focus on their vulnerability.
doi:10.22158/grhe.v5n1p22 fatcat:uoldvlny4vdd3jh37a6mwh3g44