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Power, Marginality and African Oral Literature

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  • Editors:
  • Graham Furniss, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Liz Gunner, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Graham Furniss, Liz Gunner, Penina Mlama, Isabel Hofmeyr, Kofi Agovi, Chukwuma Azuonye, Veronika Gorog-Karady, Sabine Steinbrich, John William Johnson, Jean Derive, Herbert Chimhundu, Jeff Opland, Lucy Duran, Kwesi Yankah, Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias, Kofi Anyidoho
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  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521087940

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  • African oral literature, like other forms of popular culture, is not merely a form of entertainment but a medium for commenting on contemporary social and political events. It can also be a significant agent of change capable of directing, provoking, preventing, overturning, and recasting social reality. The contributors to this collection are anthropologists, linguists, historians, and ethnomusicologists, who present fresh material on oral literature to paint a lively picture of current real life situations in Africa.

    • The nature of African societies viewed 'from the inside' through popular expression in oral literature
    • African and Western researchers presenting multiple voices from right across Africa
    • Highly topical and compelling study of the politics of popular cultures
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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521087940
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: power, marginality and oral literature Graham Furniss and Liz Gunner
    Part I. Orality and the Power of the State:
    2. Oral art and contemporary cultural nationalism Penina Mlama
    3. The letter and the law: the politics of orality and literacy in the chiefdoms of the northern Transvaal Isabel Hofmeyr
    4. A king is not above insult: the politics of good governance in Nzema avudwene festival songs Kofi Agovi
    Part II. Representing Power Relations:
    5. Igbo enwe eze: monarchical power versus democratic values in Igbo oral narratives Chukwuma Azuonye
    6. Tales and ideology: the revolt of sons in Bambara-Malinke tales Veronika Gorog-Karady
    7. Images of the powerful in Lyela folktales Sabine Steinbrich
    Part III. Oral Forms and the Dynamics of Power:
    8. Power, marginality and Somali oral poetry: case studies in the dynamics of tradition John William Johnson
    9. The function of oral art for the regulation of social power in Dyula society Jean Derive
    10. The power of words and the relation between Hausa genres Graham Furniss
    Part IV. Endorsing or Subverting the Paradigms: Women and Oral Forms:
    11. Sexuality and socialisation in Shona praises and lyrics Herbert Chimhundu
    12. Nontsizi Mgqwetho: stranger in town Jeff Opland
    13. Clashes of interest: gender, status and power in Zulu praise poetry Liz Gunner
    14. Jelimusow: the superwoman of Malian music Lucy Duran
    Part V. Mediators and Communicative Strategies:
    15. Power and the circuit of formal talk Kwesi Yankah
    16. Praise splits the subject of speech: constructions of kingship in the Manden and Borgu Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias
    17. Beyond the communal warmth: the poet as loner in Ewe oral tradition Kofi Anyidoho.

  • Editors

    Graham Furniss, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

    Liz Gunner, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

    Contributors

    Graham Furniss, Liz Gunner, Penina Mlama, Isabel Hofmeyr, Kofi Agovi, Chukwuma Azuonye, Veronika Gorog-Karady, Sabine Steinbrich, John William Johnson, Jean Derive, Herbert Chimhundu, Jeff Opland, Lucy Duran, Kwesi Yankah, Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias, Kofi Anyidoho

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