Power, Marginality and African Oral Literature

Power, Marginality and African Oral Literature

by Graham Furniss, Liz Gunner
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521087945

ISBN-13: 9780521087940

Pub. Date: 12/11/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

African oral literature, like other forms of popular culture, is not merely a form of entertainment but a medium for commenting on contemporary social and political events. It can also be a significant agent of change capable of directing, provoking, preventing, overturning, and recasting social reality. The contributors to this collection are

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African oral literature, like other forms of popular culture, is not merely a form of entertainment but a medium for commenting on contemporary social and political events. It can also be a significant agent of change capable of directing, provoking, preventing, overturning, and recasting social reality. The contributors to this collection are anthropologists,linguists, historians, and ethnomusicologists, who present fresh material on oral literature to paint a lively picture of current real life situations in Africa.

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ISBN-13:
9780521087940
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/11/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: power, marginality and oral literature Graham Furniss and Liz Gunner; Part I. Orality and the Power of the State: 2. Oral art and contemporary cultural nationalism Penina Mlama; 3. The letter and the law: the politics of orality and literacy in the chiefdoms of the northern Transvaal Isabel Hofmeyr; 4. A king is not above insult: the politics of good governance in Nzema avudwene festival songs Kofi Agovi; Part II. Representing Power Relations: 5. Igbo enwe eze: monarchical power versus democratic values in Igbo oral narratives Chukwuma Azuonye; 6. Tales and ideology: the revolt of sons in Bambara-Malinke tales Veronika Gorog-Karady; 7. Images of the powerful in Lyela folktales Sabine Steinbrich; Part III. Oral Forms and the Dynamics of Power: 8. Power, marginality and Somali oral poetry: case studies in the dynamics of tradition John William Johnson; 9. The function of oral art for the regulation of social power in Dyula society Jean Derive; 10. The power of words and the relation between Hausa genres Graham Furniss; Part IV. Endorsing or Subverting the Paradigms: Women and Oral Forms: 11. Sexuality and socialisation in Shona praises and lyrics Herbert Chimhundu; 12. Nontsizi Mgqwetho: stranger in town Jeff Opland; 13. Clashes of interest: gender, status and power in Zulu praise poetry Liz Gunner; 14. Jelimusow: the superwoman of Malian music Lucy Duran; Part V. Mediators and Communicative Strategies: 15. Power and the circuit of formal talk Kwesi Yankah; 16. Praise splits the subject of speech: constructions of kingship in the Manden and Borgu Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias; 17. Beyond the communal warmth: the poet as loner in Ewe oral tradition Kofi Anyidoho.

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