What's In a Title? A Reading of Amma Darko's The Housemaid
Authors: Nsiah, Joseph; Marfo, Charles
Source: Matatu - Journal for African Culture and Society, Spheres Public and Private. Western Genres in African Literature. Edited by Gordon Collier , pp. 363-375(13)
Abstract:This essay establishes the relationship between the title of the novel The Housemaid given by its author, Amma Darko, and the informational content of the text. It is observed in discussions that, among competing themes/titles and considering the significance of titling, the author's choice is apt. As the essay indicates, the aptness is explained by the fact that the title captures, reinforces, and affirms the thesis of the narrative: i.e. the plight of housemaids and other young girls from villages who flock cities in search of jobs and, indeed, to seek greener pastures. Likewise through the entitling process, the reader is programmed to look for details of what happens to the protagonist.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 2011