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Power and the praise poem : southern African voices in history

Author: Leroy Vail; Landeg White
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia ; London : James Currey, 1991.
Series: Carter G. Woodson Institute series in Black studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the political role of the poet in the oral societies of southern Africa.

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leroy Vail; Landeg White
ISBN: 081391339X 9780813913391 0813913403 9780813913407 085255088X 9780852550885 9780852550892 0852550898
OCLC Number: 23693465
Description: xv, 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The invention of "oral man": anthropology, literary theory, and a western intellectual tradition --
"Maps of experience": songs and poetry in Southern Africa --
The development of forms: Ndebele royal praises --
The development of forms: the Chope Migodo --
Swazi royal praises: the invention of tradition --
"Paiva": the history of a song --
The possession of the dispossessed: songs as history among Tumbuka women --
Of chameleons and clowns: the case of Jack Mapanje.
Series Title: Carter G. Woodson Institute series in Black studies.
Responsibility: by Leroy Vail and Landeg White.

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The collaborative work of Leroy Vail and Landeg White has once again yielded significant scholarship on the oral literature of Southern Africa ...This indigenous form of free speech is important, not Read more...

 
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