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Title:Feminisms in an African context: Mariama Bā's 'So long a letter'
Author:Latha, Rizwana HabibISNI
Year:2001
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Issue:50
Pages:23-40
Language:English
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:Islam
women
literature
novels
Equality and Liberation
About person:Mariama Bā (1929-1981)ISNI
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10130950.2001.9675991
Abstract:The author looks at the issue of feminisms in an African Muslim postcolonial context, using the semi-autobiographical novella 'So long a letter' by Senegalese writer Mariama Bā as basis. This novella focuses on the reminiscences of a Muslim, French-educated, middle-aged Senegalese schoolteacher, Ramatoulaye, during her 'iddat', the mourning period prescribed for Muslim widows. Ramatoulaye looks back on her life with Modou Fall, her husband of 30 years, who contracted a polygynous marriage during the last five years of his life with their daughter's young schoolfriend. Ramatoulaye's subjection to French colonial domination as well as the promise of liberation in the postcolonial context has a complex impact on her identity and self-perception. Although the novella focuses on the construction and reconstruction of Ramatoulaye's identity as an individual, her ruminations also encompass the collective identities of women both inside and outside her sociocultural milieu. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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