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The literary construction of the theme of begging in the novel La grève des bàttu (1979), by Senegalese writer Aminata Sow Fall

Grant number: 21/02552-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2021
Effective date (End): July 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Modern Foreign Literatures
Principal researcher:Ana Cláudia Romano Ribeiro
Grantee:Gabriela Rodrigues de Oliveira
Home Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil


This project aims to study the novel La grève des bàttu (1979), by the Senegalese writer Aminata Sow Fall, focusing on the analysis of the topic of begging in the work and on the investigation of how it relates to the Senegalese socio-political, cultural and linguistic context. To carry out this study, we will first seek to understand the specificities of the narrative genre in which it is inscribed - the novel -, studying the narrative focus, the action, the characters and, finally, the time and the physical space, social and psychological space in this work (cf. ABDALLA JUNIOR, 1995; CANDIDO et Al., 2009; REUTERS, 2002). Subsequently, we will analyze the topic of begging by linking it to the historical, socio-political and cultural context (CHEHAMI, 2013; FALL, 2005; ONIEMELUKWE, 1998; ONIEMELUKWE, 2003 and OYOUROU 2009). Likewise, it will be necessary to know the role of traditional and/ or mythical figures in Senegalese society (CHEHAMI, 2013; MARTY, 1917; MOTA, 2016; MOREAU, 1964; PANAIT, 2017 and SCHMITZ, 1983), as well as to know the traces of colonialism in political organization in the independent Senegalese society (BOAHEN, 2010; DAGENAIS, 2005; MAZRUI, 2010). It will also be our responsibility to delve deeper into studies on the term francophone literature, the French language in Senegal and the presence of Wolof in Fall's novel (COMBE, 2010; CISSE, 2005; FEUTREL, 2019; MOURA, 2019 and NDIAYE 2004).

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