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Oral Literature and Performance in Southern Africa

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This work draws together contributions from literary studies, anthropology, enthnomusicology and African language studies in an analysis of the complex functioning of oral texts and models in differing contexts. The work examines the continuing role of orality in modern society, the adaptation of oral models to printed forms, and the ability of oral forms to talk back to the technology of print. North America: Ohio U Press; South Africa: David Philip(NAB)
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Overview

This work draws together contributions from literary studies, anthropology, enthnomusicology and African language studies in an analysis of the complex functioning of oral texts and models in differing contexts. The work examines the continuing role of orality in modern society, the adaptation of oral models to printed forms, and the ability of oral forms to talk back to the technology of print. North America: Ohio U Press; South Africa: David Philip(NAB)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821413098
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 251
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Duncan Brown is Senior Lecturer in the Programme of English Studies, University of Natal, Durban.
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Table of Contents

Notes on the Editor & Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Making Symmetrical Knowledge Possible: Recent Trends in the Field of Southern African Oral Performance Studies 18
2 Obscurity and Exegesis in African Oral Praise Poetry 27
3 Remaking the Warrior?: The Role of Orality in the Liberation Struggle and in Post-Apartheid South Africa 50
4 (Dis)Locating Selves: Izibongo and Narrative Autobiography in South Africa 61
5 The Image of the Book in Xhosa Oral Poetry 90
6 Orality and Modernity in Autobiographical Representation: The Case of Naboth Mokgatle's Life Story 111
7 Mandela, Africanism and Modernity: A Consideration of Long Walk to Freedom 132
8 Orality, Literacy and the Archive in the Making of Kas Maine 138
9 The Emergence of the South African Oral-Style Short Story: A. W. Drayson's Tales at the Outspan 148
10 'Different People Just Have Different Minds': A Personal Attempt to Understand Ju/'hoan Storytelling Aesthetics 161
11 Sister, Spouse, Lazy Woman: Commentaries on Domestic Predicaments by Kiba Performers from the Northern Province 176
12 Orality and Christianity: The Hymns of Isaiah Shembe & the Chrch of the Nazarites 195
13 Chakide - The Teller of Secrets: Space, Song & Story in Zulu Maskanda Performance 220
Index 235
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