Seminary of the Southwest Scarlet Song Essay
Post a two-page (around 500 words) summary and commentary on Scarlet Song. Your post should include:
- A summary of the plot and commentary on major aspects of the novel such as setting, major themes, character analysis etc.
- A critical commentary on the novel which should include your own critical appraisal of the text (aspects you liked, aspects you disagree with, etc.) Your commentary should also include major ideas from the critical essay: Jeanette Treiber. “Feminism and Identity Politics: Mariama Ba’s “Un chant écarlate.”
- Scarlet Song mainly follows the story of Mireille and Ousmane. How would you characterize their relationship? How did it evolve? What sort of positions did they take at the beginning of the novel? How did their views change at the end and why? Does the novel condemn interracial marriages? What do you think lead Ousmane to change his ideas and the way he treats Mireille? Give some examples of cultural difference and discuss their importance.