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Performing wisdom : proverbial lore in modern Ugandan society

Author: Dominica Dipio; Stuart Sillars
Publisher: Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2013.
Series: Matatu, 42.
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This is the third collection produced by members of a six-year research project, funded by the NUFU (Norwegian Programme for Development, Research, and Education), whose concern was to find, preserve, and analyse orature spoken forms of all kinds, both their unique qualities and their equivalence in importance to literature. A major focus was the ways in which forms of orature can be made relevant to the demands of  Read more...
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Performing wisdom. Proverbial lore in modern Ugandan society
(OCoLC)871243763
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dominica Dipio; Stuart Sillars
ISBN: 9789401210584 9401210586
OCLC Number: 877092826
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: AcknowledgementsLene Johannessen: Introduction: Folklore and Cultural Memory: Promises and PitfallsWotsuna Khamalwa: Survival of the Fittest and Stories of CannibalismSaidah Namayanja: Mythical Implications in the Origin Stories of the Baganda and BagishuCindy E. Magara: The Concept of Heroism Among the BunyoroDominica Dipio: Traditional Leadership Wisdoms and Their Contemporary Parallels: The Madi of UgandaSusan Nalugwa Kiguli: Audience Perspectives on the Music Festivals Phenomenon in BugandaAbasi Kiyimba: Proverbial Imagery in Contemporary Political Discourse in UgandaAaron Mushengyezi: Riddling Among the Banyankore and Baganda in UgandaGulere Wambi: The Popular Form and Structure of Riddle Discourse in LusogaDanson Sylvester Kahyana: The Potential Role of Orature in Fighting the Spread of HIV/AIDSLillian Bukaayi Tibasiima: "Mudo": The Soga `Little Red Riding Hood'Edgar Nabutanyi: Transplanting the Pumpkin: Folktales in New Media Formats for Children's InstructionIsaac Tibasiima: `Heed my Voice': Children's Song in the Wake of Child SacrificeStuart Sillars: Afterword: Ancestral Voices Prophesying Marketplace Uzoechi Nwagbara: Achebe's Fiction and the Changing Generation of Nigerian Women: Towards a Paradigm Shift in LeadershipIgnatius Chukwumah: Lazarus, Noah, and the Enunciation of the Resurrection Mythos in Soyinka's The InterpretersOmolola A. Ladele: The Abiku Mystique: The Metaphor of Subversive Narrative in Buchi Emecheta's KehindeDele Bamidele and Rotimi Agbana: Richard Maduku's Kokoro Compound: A Postmodern ReadingH. Oby Okolocha and Sophia I. Akhuemokhan: The Violation of Women's Human Rights: Transformative Processes in Julie Okoh's Edewede and Stella `Dia Oyedepo's Brain Has No GenderBright Molande: The Fatal Voyage: Colonialism as Tragedy in Steve Chimombo's WritingRobert Nathan: "The Religion of the Dream": Colonial Myths and the Epistemology of Power in Alain Mabanckou's Bleu blanc rougeCreative Writing Wumi Raji: Born to RunNick Tembo: Three PoemsReviews Gordon Collier: Up Jumped a JumbieTosin Gbogi: Destructive DelugeBooks ReceivedNotes on Contributors Notes for Contributors
Series Title: Matatu, 42.
Responsibility: edited by Dominica Dipio and Stuart Sillars.

Abstract:

This is the third collection produced by members of a six-year research project, funded by the NUFU (Norwegian Programme for Development, Research, and Education), whose concern was to find, preserve, and analyse orature spoken forms of all kinds, both their unique qualities and their equivalence in importance to literature. A major focus was the ways in which forms of orature can be made relevant to the demands of rapidly developing nations faced with insistent problems (HIV/AIDS, administrative needs, shifts in social and familial structure, the changing roles of women). Both innovative and archival, the essays explore older legends and modern performances to outline their positive and dynamic contribution to a protean society. Some contributors address the ways in which traditional forms may be adapted: e.g., via new media to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic and to educate children in social and individual responsibility. Traditional narratives and children's songs can function to counter cannibalism and child sacrifice. Less dark aspects of contemporary society also receive attention. Traditional patterns of leadership are adapted to today's conditions, especially by offering women models in the form of earlier figures and their actions. Two essays analyse the use of proverbs in the speeches of political candidates and discussing traditional music festivals as celebrations of traditional kingship and rule. Others examine the nature and operation of specific forms of orature riddles and their subtle alteration according to performer and audience; concepts of heroism; stories of origin; and variants of Little Red Riding Hood. These sensitive analyses are framed by pieces from members of the research project in Norway and Uganda.

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