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

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

by Peter Seitel
     
 

ISBN-10: 019511700X

ISBN-13: 9780195117004

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195117004
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics Series, #22
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1280L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Introduction3
Part IStyle, Theme, and Composition in Genre
2The Logic of Proverbs35
3Emergent Complexities and Complex Emergencies in Folktales49
4Heroic Society in Interlacustrine Africa83
Part IIA Genre-Powered Reading of Kachwenyanja
5Stanzas Need No Rhyme177
6Significance Needs Time196
7Summary and Conclusion222
Appendix A227
Appendix B233
References237
Index241

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