ISBN-10:
019511700X
ISBN-13:
9780195117004
Pub. Date:
11/01/1998
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
The Powers of Genre: Interpreting Haya Oral Literature / Edition 1

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

by Peter Seitel
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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 Greek, I 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: 11/01/1998
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?)

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