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AFS 3610 – The AFRICANS
Essay assignment #5
So long a letter by Mariama Ba
One of the most salient points about this novel by Ba is the status of women in postcolonial Africa and the place of gender politics in the unfolding of events in Senegalese society. A notable statement by Ramatoulaye, the protagonist in the novel (p. 4) states: ‘This is the moment dreaded by every Senegalese woman, the moment when she sacrifices her possessions as gifts to her family-in-law; and worse still, beyond her possessions, she gives up her personality, her dignity, becoming a thing in the service of the man who has married her, his grandfather…”
Using this quote as a backdrop, discuss the status of women and the challenges and setbacks imposed on women in this traditional Islamic society. Make sure to point out some of the universal themes touching on gender and the evolution of change for women particularly in light of recent feminist and women’s rights movements in the US.
—-Your paper should include a clear introduction with a statement of intent, a well-organized body and a clear conclusion.
—-Your essay must be double-spaced and typed in a standard 12 font script.
—-Your essay must be no less than three (4) pages in length excluding the cover page and bibliographic page.
—-When and if you use quotes, please show author and page number only in your narrative. Full references go into your bibliography.
—-Each essay must also include a standard title page, page numbers and one-inch margins.
PLEASE NUMBER YOUR PAGES!