The “Sweet Pepper”: Prostitution Declosetted in Kenyan Women’s Writing

Dr. Muriungi, C. K


This essay is a reading of Oludhe Macgoye’s text Victoria and Murder in Majengo with an intention to show how she attempts to rewrite the prostitute figure in a Kenyan society. The essay looks at how Macgoye subverts the notions of the prostitute as a home breaker, or a morally degenerate person. I examine how the author employs dialogue, flashbacks and the omniscient narrator to demonstrate the benefits her characters get from prostitution, and how prostitution subsequently changes their lives. I also look at how euphemisms are utilized in this text in order to sanitize prostitution, and how prostitution is projected as a productive economic employment like any other.

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