The Dynamics Of Oppression And Women By Mariama Ba 's So Long A Letter ( 1981 ) And Scarlet

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This project will examine the dynamics of oppression and friendship within female relationships in Mariama Ba’s So Long a Letter (1981) and Scarlet Song (1986), Buchi Emecheta’s Joys of Motherhood (1979) and Kehinde(1994), also Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come(2008). African literary critics and past analyses of these works focus more on culture and patriarchy as the sole perpetrators of gender oppression. Also, critical African texts are silent on the benefits of friendship among women. These themes will be framed or grounded through the lens of Molara Ogundipe-Leslie’s stwanist theory and Carol Davie’s Ngambika – balancing. Through this project, I hope to contribute to existing body of knowledge these neglected aspect of African literary criticism.
Chapter one exposits the relationship or intersection of feminism and culture in African literature. The problem or challenges of the African woman can best be understood within the context of culture, and there is hardly any way to discuss the African woman 's freedom without the intersection of culture and feminism. Ojaide and Obi in, Culture, Society, and Politics in Modern African Literature: Texts and Contexts (2002) suggest that “The oral tradition of traditional Africa and postcolonial condition, manifested in culture, society, and politics, are perhaps the two most important factors that affect the contexts of African literary texts (6). Therefore, the culture, social and political climate; including colonization…

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