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African oral literature : backgrounds, character, and continuity

Author: Isidore Okpewho
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Aims to establish oral literature as a landmark of artistic achievement, and situate it within the framework of contemporary African culture. This book is divided into three sections, and presents  Read more...

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Okpewho, Isidore.
African oral literature.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1992
(OCoLC)645829032
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Isidore Okpewho
ISBN: 0253341671 9780253341679 025320710X 9780253207104
OCLC Number: 24174575
Description: xiii, 392 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Backgrounds and Resources. 1. The Study of African Oral Literature. What Is "Oral Literature"? An Interest in Culture. An Interest in Society. An Interest in Literature. Benefits of the New Trends. 2. The Oral Artist. Training and Preparation. Artists and Patrons. The Artist as Maker. The Personality of the Artist. The Artist's Place in Society. 3. The Oral Performance. Varieties of Performance. Paralinguistic Resources. Performer and Accompanist. Performer and Audience. Performer and Recorder. Composition and Performance. 4. Stylistic Qualities. Repetition. Parallelism. Piling and Association. Tonality. Ideophones. Digression. Imagery. Allusion. Symbolism. 5. Social Relevance. Entertainment and Relaxation. Asserting Interests and Outlooks. Teaching Ideals and Conduct. Recording Life --
pt. 2. Types and Themes. 6. Songs and Chants. Problems of Classification. The Nature of Songs and Chants. Major Themes. 7. Oral Narratives. Schools of Thought. Categories of the Oral Narrative. Storytelling in Africa. 8. Witticisms. Proverbs. Riddles. Puns and Tongue-Twisters. 9. Musical and Dramatic Forms. The Poetry of Tone Instruments. Ritual Drama. Popular Drama --
pt. 3. The Survival of Oral Literature. 10. Oral Literature and Modern African Literature. Translation. Adaptation. Exploitation. 11. Preserving Oral Literature: Fieldwork and After. Attitudes. Preparations. Meeting the Artist. Recording the Artist. Transcription and Translation. Storage. What Do They Get for Their Pains? 12. Suggested Further Work. Fieldwork and Documentation. The Urban Scene. Biocritical Studies. Other Specialized Investigations.
Responsibility: Isidore Okpewho.

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