Introduction to African Oral Literature and Performance
This book brings together in one volume two earlier books by the authors, now revised to meet the callenges of 21st century scholarship in African performance and cultural studies. Topics covered range from sources of oral traditions, the relevance of cosmology to oral performance, myths and legends, occupational and heroic poetry to name but a few. The central theme is performance and the reader is provided with projects and exercises intended to keep them involved in research and performance experience.
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Fieldwork Practice and Research Meth
odology in Oral Literature Performance
Stylistics and the Performance of Oral
ORAL POETRY PERFORMANCE
Salutation or Praise Poetry
Occupational and Heroic Poetry
Topical Lullaby and Occasional
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