Oral Literary Performance in Africa: Beyond Text (Routledge African Studies) (Hardcover)

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This book delivers an admirably comprehensive and rigorous analysis of African oral literatures and performance.

Gathering insights from distinguished scholars in the field, the book provides a range of contemporary interdisciplinary perspectives in the study of oral literature and its transformations in everyday life, fiction, poetry, popular culture, and postcolonial politics. Topics discussed include folklore and folklife; oral performance and masculinities; intermediated orality, modern transformations, and globalisation; orality and mass media; spoken word and imaginative writing. The book also addresses research methodologies and the thematic and theoretical trajectories of scholars of African oral literatures, looking back to the trailblazing legacies of Ruth Finnegan, Harold Scheub, and Isidore Okpewho.

Ambitious in scope and incisive in its analysis, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of African literatures and oral performance as well as to general readers interested in the dynamics of cultural production.

About the Author

Nduka Otiono is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Supervisor at the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University. He is the author and co-editor of several books of creative writing and academic research including Polyvocal Bob Dylan: Music, Performance, Literature (2019) and Wreaths for a Wayfarer (2020).Chiji Akọma is Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Literatures with joint appointments in the Department of English and the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies at Villanova University. He is the author Folklore in New World Black Fiction: Writing and the Oral Traditional Aesthetics (2007).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367482145
ISBN-10: 0367482142
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 18th, 2021
Pages: 280
Language: English
Series: Routledge African Studies