Innovations and Reproductions in Cultures and Societies
(IRICS) Vienna, 9 - 11 december 2005

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Marriage in Black and White

Kathleen Thorpe (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)



Striking differences and equally striking similarities in women’s experience come to light when the question of marriage is examined. When a breakdown in the marriage occurs, cultural conflicts frequently arise, especially where a woman’s status, self-image and expectations are concerned. Three fictional examples of novels thematizing the breakdown of a marriage from the First and Third Worlds: Marlene Streeruwitz: Verführungen, Mariama Bâ: So long a letter and Mary Okurut: The Official Wife will be analysed, highlighting actions and thoughts of the individual female characters in confronting the problems with which they are faced.

Innovationen und Reproduktionen in Kulturen und Gesellschaften (IRICS) Wien, 9. bis 11. Dezember 2005

WEBDESIGN: Peter R. Horn 2005-11-10