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Faceless: Amma Darko’s Face for the Faceless

Summary of Article by Dr. Chris Kwame Awuyah, 2003

Dr. Awuyah notes Darko’s accomplishment in foregrounding the issue of homelessness within Ghanaian literature. He notes that Darko tackles the general abuses experienced by young African women, while simultaneously refusing to compromise the feminine voice(s) at the centre of her novel. The theme of the exploitation of the vulnerable is noted across Darko’s various publications, including Housemaid (1998), Faceless (2003), and Not Without Flowers (2007). Awuyah notes how, much like Jacques Derrida, Darko centers the marginalized in her narratives and subverts tradition to tackle taboo topics such as AIDS and prostitution. Awuyah situates her within a canon of female writers such as Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta, Ama Ata Aidoo and even the American Toni Morrison, who destabilize fixed positions of women in their fiction. 

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