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POWER OF EDUCATION IN MARIAMA BA’S SO LONG A LETTER

Ashmi

Research Scholar, Bharthi Women’s College, University of Madras, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Abstract


So Long a Letter is a radical novel, which maintains the form of a long letter. The novel was written and narrated completely in the form of a letter. Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter is an epistolary form of novel. The events narrated in the novel chronicles Ramatoulaye’s life from childhood to adulthood. She is a Senegalese woman writer, who used writing as a weapon to fight against the male literary tradition. Mariama Ba speaks about the inequity exposed on women by the patriarchal society and to advance women’s issues in African society. Although she wrote only two novels, she remains a central figure in African literature. The main theme of the novel is the condition of women in West African society. This paper focuses on woman, education, culture, divorce, and widowhood in So Long a Letter. Through this novel, she depicts the different ways in which women fight for survival in an environment of cultural conflicts change.

Keywords


motherhood, adulthood, women, education, africa, polygamy.

Works Cited


Ashley Kannan. “Discuss the significance of friendship and education in establishing a sense of equality So Long a Letter.” eNotes Editorial, 9 Oct. 2013, https://www.enotes.com/homework-help/discuss-significance-friendship-education-458879. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

Ba, Mariama. So Long a Letter. Oxford: Heinmann Educational Publishers. 1981. Print

Bruner,C.H. African Women’s Writing. Oxford: Heinmann Educational Publishers. 1993. Print

Mibenge, Catherine. The Depiction of Women by African Women Writers; Culture, Education and Power. 2007. Web

 

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Ashmi. (2020). Power of Education in Mariama Ba’s So Long a LetterSparkling International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Studies, 3(1), 12-15.

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