Going through So Long a Letter and Changes: African women in the process of transformation

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Abstract

This chapter analyzes both So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ and Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo comparatively, using each to fill in the gaps left by the other. It parallels the complex interplay of female subjectivity and feminist engagement by focusing on the issue of polygyny, unpacking the complexity of marital relationships by analyzing individual and cultural perspectives. By interpolating local feminisms and western-derived formulations, it situates the novels in the arc of African feminist theoretical transformations. Another dimension is added to the analysis of the novels, as it unpacks the unique aesthetic forms each writer develops to argue for an Africanization of the novel form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransnational Africana Women’s Fictions
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages148-165
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781000461039
ISBN (Print)9781032011288
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities

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