The World and the Word: Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition
A master storyteller of the Xhosa people of South Africa, Nongenile Masithathu Zenani gives us an unprecedented view of an oral society from within. Twenty-four of her complex and beautiful tales about birth, puberty, marriage, and work, as told to the renowned collector of African oral tradition, Harold Scheub, are gathered here. Accompanying the stories are Zenani’s detailed commentaries and analyses and Scheub’s striking photographs of her in performance. The combination of these historical and cultural observations with a richly symbolic collection of tales from a single traditional storyteller make The World and the Word a remarkable document.
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With the layering of new and simple narratives in a performance , relationships
become more involved , the production developing into an experience of involute
links between forms , generating yet a third level of performance , symbol .
These are formal aesthetic aspects of performance , and they are compatible with
the conflict - resolution movement of the ... But in complex performances , these
two sets of composition materials ( conflict - resolution , repetition - predictability )
She discussed at some length the different temporal experiences that occur in
her performances . Real time is independent of the performance , for example ,
and within the work of art is narrative time , chronological time involved in the