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Oral literature in Africa

Author: Ruth Finnegan
Publisher: Cambridge : Open Book Publishers, 2012.
Series: World oral literature series, v. 1
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"This revised edition makes Finnegan's ground-breaking research available to the next generation of scholars. It includes a new introduction, additional images, and an updated bibliography, as well as original chapters on poetry, prose, 'drum language' and drama, and an overview of the social, linguistic and historical background of oral literature in Africa." - back cover.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Finnegan, Ruth H.
Oral Literature in Africa.
Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2012.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Finnegan
ISBN: 1906924724 9781906924720 9781906924706 1906924708 1906924716 9781906924713
OCLC Number: 849917866
Description: 1 online resource (xlii, 567 p. :) ill.
Contents: The "oral" nature of African unwritten literature --
The perception of African oral literature --
The social, linguistic, and literary background --
Poetry and patronage --
Panegyric --
Elegiac poetry --
Religious poetry --
Special purpose poetry : war, hunting, and work --
Lyric --
Topical and political songs --
Children's songs and rhymes --
Prose narratives I : problems and theories --
Prose narratives II : content and form --
Proverbs --
Riddles --
Oratory, formal speaking, and other stylized forms --
Drum language and literature --
Drama.
Series Title: World oral literature series, v. 1
Responsibility: Ruth Finnegan.

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"This revised edition makes Finnegan's ground-breaking research available to the next generation of scholars. It includes a new introduction, additional images, and an updated bibliography, as well as original chapters on poetry, prose, 'drum language' and drama, and an overview of the social, linguistic and historical background of oral literature in Africa." - back cover.

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