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The Importance of the Women Characters and Imagery in Maryse Conde's Segou

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dc.contributor.advisor Ferry, Jacqueline F
dc.contributor.author McSweeney, Anne Christine.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-02T20:54:25Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-20T19:44:48Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-02T20:54:25Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-20T19:44:48Z
dc.date.copyright 1992
dc.date.issued 1992
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/22473
dc.description.abstract This thesis analyses the women characters and the imagery relating to women in Segou, a three-volume saga by Maryse Conde. It takes a thematic approach to the topic with some linguistic investigation of imagery. The main focus of this study is to examine the strength of the women characters in the novel. This examination of characters begins with the city which can be viewed as a main 'player' in the novel. Segou the city is central to the lives of many of the Traore, the family around which the story is centred. The women in the novel, especially Nya, have a marked influence on the lives of their offspring; the strength of character of one's offspring being determined more by the mother than by the father. ultimately a woman's strength is in the realm of motherhood. An analysis of the myth and imagery in the novel reveals the feminine nature of the cosmos. However this 'power' relates to another world where women once reigned supreme. In the novel men reign supreme, not women. The city and the other characters apart, the author as a 'character' is also significant. The identity quest which consumes so many of the characters in the novel is also Maryse Conde's quest. She too is in search of her past and of a land unknown. Maryse Conde is not only writing a novel for the enjoyment of her readers, she is also 'weaving' a 'past' for herself, a type of cosmogeny. Segou is a narrative work of the Traore clan over five generations, of the spread of Islam, of war and of the destruction of a kingdom. It is also Maryse Conde's story. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Literacy criticism en_NZ
dc.subject Fictional writing en_NZ
dc.subject Women in literature en_NZ
dc.subject Maryse Conde en_NZ
dc.subject French writers en_NZ
dc.title The Importance of the Women Characters and Imagery in Maryse Conde's Segou en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Asian and European Languages and Cultures en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 420209 French en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline French en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts en_NZ

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