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WOMEN IN CHAINS: Abandonment in love relationships in the fiction of selected West African writers by Rose Ure Mezu Francophone and Anglophone feminist and gynandrist novelists have dramatized the cause of wronged womanhood and the dehumanizing and patriarchal conditions under which the African woman is forced to function, often abandoned after explanation. Education and economic autonomy become avenues for survival for the oppressed woman. This sometimes creates harmony that sustains companionate union. The study encourages women to exercise the WILL TO CHANGE and transcend those negative strictures (polygamy, barrenness, infidelity) that destabilize homes and promote abandonment

Rose Ure Mezu was born of Igbo parents in Lagos, Nigeria, on November 12, 1947. She received her early education in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She studied French in Abidjan and Paris and obtained her B.A. (magna cum laude) and M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and later obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. Dr. Rose Mezu is professor of English and Comparative literature at Morgan State University, Maryland. She is also author of several articles and a book of poems.