Poetry, Performance, and Art: Udje Dance Songs of the Urhobo People

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Poetry, Performance, and Art is the first transcribed and translated collection and study of the udje poetry of Nigeria's Urhobo people. Udje is and integrative performance of song and dance by specially costumed performers at annual festivals. Udje dance songs were used to establish and maintain social norms. In addition to being an important compilation and study of African indigenous poetry, this book profiles three of the greatest udje poets and performers. Ojaide also explores the history of udje, including its development and the modern factors threatening its survival.

Poetry, Performance, and Art will be of great interest not only to students and scholars of African oral traditions, African literature, and African studies, but also to poets in general and scholars of comparative anthropology, cultural studies, folklore, literature, performance arts, and sociology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890892305
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 The Urhobo People 11
Ch. 3 The Origin of Udje Dance Songs 15
Ch. 4 Preparations for Udje Performance 19
Ch. 5 Principles of Provocation, Attack, and Counter-Attack 27
Ch. 6 Subjects and Themes of Udje Dance Songs 41
Ch. 7 Poetic Form and Techniques 51
Ch. 8 Three Udje Poems: A Discussion 63
Ch. 9 Udje Performance As Art 73
Ch. 10 The Traditional African Poet and Three Udje Poets 77
Ch. 11 Conclusion 87
Udje Dance Songs and Translations 93
Glossary of Urhobo Terms and Names 171
References and Works Cited 173
Index 175
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