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Georgia State UniversityDigital Archive @ GSUEnglish DissertationsDepartment of English4-22-2008Women's Relationships: Female Friendship in ToniMorrison's Sula and Love, Mariama Ba's So Long aLetter and Sefi Atta's Everything Good Will ComeKadidia Sy[email protected]Follow this and additional works at:This Dissertation is brought to you for free and open access by the Department of English at Digital Archive @ GSU. It has been accepted for inclusionin English Dissertations by an authorized administrator of Digital Archive @ GSU. For more information, please contact[email protected].Recommended CitationSy, Kadidia, "Women's Relationships: Female Friendship in Toni Morrison's Sula and Love, Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter and SefiAtta's Everything Good Will Come" (2008).English Dissertations.Paper 30.
WOMEN‘S RELATIONSHIPS: FEMALE FRIENDSHIP IN TONI MORRISON‘S SULAAND LOVE, MARIAMA BA‘S SO LONG A LETTERAND SEFI ATTA‘S EVERYTHING GOOD WILL COMEby KADIDIA SY Under the Direction of Renée Schatteman, Chris Kocela and Margaret Harper ABSTRACT This study analyzes female friendship in four novels written by black diasporic women and examines the impact of race, class and gender on women‘s relationships. The novels emphasize how women face the challenges of patriarchal institutions and other attempts to subjugate then through polygamy, neo-colonialism, constraints of tradition, caste prejudice, political instability and the Biafra war. This dissertation uses characterization and plot analysis to explore the different stories and messages the novels portray. As findings this study foregrounds the healing powers of female bonding, which allows women to overcome prejudice and survive, to enjoy female empowerment, and to extend female friendship into female solidarity that participates in nation building. However, another conclusion focuses on the power of patriarchy which constitutes a threat to female bonding and usually causes women‘s estrangement.INDEX WORDS: Women‘s relationships, Female friendship, Female bonding,Sisterhood, Female solidarity, Female Empowerment
WOMEN‘S RELATIONSHIPS: FEMALE FRIENDSHIP IN TONI MORRISON‘S SULAAND LOVE, MARIAMA BA‘S SO LONG A LETTERAND SEFI ATTA‘S EVERYTHING GOOD WILL COMEby KADIDIA SY A Dissertation Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences Georgia State University 2008
Copyright by Kadidia Sy 2008
WOMEN‘S RELATIONSHIPS: FEMALE FRIENDSHIP IN TONI MORRISON‘S SULAAND LOVE, MARIAMA BA‘S SO LONG A LETTERAND SEFI ATTA‘S EVERYTHING GOOD WILL COMEby KADIDIA SY Committee Chair: Renee Schatteman Committee Co-chairs: Chris Kocela Margaret Harper Electronic Version Approved: Office of Graduate Studies College of Arts and Sciences Georgia State University May 2008
. iv DEDICATION To the memory of my dear father, HAMADEL SY, who made this project possible.
. v ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to thank my committee, Dr. Renée Schatteman, Dr. Christopher Kocela and

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