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The Literary Threads of Domestic Violence in Mali

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When comparing the different scenes of domestic violence in the family life painted by the Malian literature, the issue of authority appears at the heart of family conflicts and it is often confused with strength and the right to use force. The power of women over their husbands is a new social order that has emerged in the Malian literature in recent years. Women, 'trampled by life' (Ly 1997: 12) are not only the victims of domestic violence but are also the most exposed to exclusion and blame for any misfortune in the family. Indeed, the fear of disgrace appears in all literary works as a dreadful social evil. Less dramatically, childhood traumas related to family violence play an insidious role in the degradation of the social system as children, when becoming adults, tend to repeat the violence they experienced or reproduce logical behaviours of persecution.

Keywords: domestic violence; Malian literature; women



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