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La femme africaine dans Une si longue lettre de Mariama Bâ et Assèze l'africaine de Calixthe Beyala
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2014 (French)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study is based on the main female African characters in Une si longue lettre written in 1979 by Mariama Bâ and Assèze l’Africaine written in 1994 by Calixthe Beyala. Both novels describe the African society and the obstacles that exist for women in this society where men dominate. This study presents the transformation of Ramatoulaye that is a traditional and passive woman but she becomes modern. In addition, it presents the transformation of young Aïssatou that becomes an independent and strong woman, in these two novels. These two women are facing similar forms of discriminations and oppression in the African society and they are struggling against injustice in various ways. The aim of this analysis is to investigate how the image of the African women and the feminism in Africa show and develop through the main characters, Ramatoulaye and Aïssatou. The conclusion reveal that the image of the African women has considerably changed over the years in a positive way and that Femininity is a cultural construction and not a natural construction. The conclusion further reveal that even today a woman is not independent, but is still considered "the Other" in relation to the man.

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2014. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
Mariama Bâ. Une si longue lettre. Calixthe Beyala. Assèze l'africaine. Female characters. Africa. Feminism. Polygamy. African writers.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-33929OAI: diva2:713134
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Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits
2014-03-18, Växjö, 10:00 (French)
Available from: 2014-06-26 Created: 2014-04-21 Last updated: 2014-06-26Bibliographically approved

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