The Powers of Genre: Interpreting Haya Oral Literature / Edition 1

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The Powers of Genre describes a method for interpreting oral literature that depends upon and facilitates dialogue between insiders and outsiders to a tradition. Seitel illustrates this method with lively examples from Haya proverbs, folktales, and heroic verse. He then focuses on a single epic ballad to demonstrate, among other things, why stanzas need not rhyme, and how significance needs time in oral poetry and narrative. Making a controversial claim that an heroic age, similar to that of Ancient Greece, existed in Sub-Saharan Africa, this work will intrigue anyone who works in oral literature and narrative.

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"Seitel's argument proceeds elegantly from the simplicity to complexity. After setting out his aims and defining his terms, and introducing the Haya and their oral literature, he offers successive analyses of proverbs, folktales, and heroic ballads, amplifying and extending his techniques on the way."—Journal of American Folklore
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
Pt. I Style, Theme, ond Composition in Genre
2 The Logic of Proverbs 35
3 Emergent Complexities and Complex Emergencies in Folktales 49
4 Heroic Society in Interlacustrine Africa 83
Pt. II A Genre-Powered Reading of Kachwenyanja
5 Stanzas Need No Rhyme 177
6 Significance Needs Time 196
7 Summary and Conclusion 222
Appendix A 227
Appendix B 233
References 237
Index 241
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