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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In narratives in which the expansible image sequences are not at all obvious, the
nonverbal elements— abstracted now, ... narrative in the sense of miming them—
do the same work of ordering that they do in the simpler narratives in which the ...
Real time is independent of the performance, for example, and within the work of
art is narrative time, chronological time involved in the linear movement of
images between an initial conflict and an ultimate resolution (there may be minor
But in narrative time, that irresistible movement from conflict to resolution retains
its integrity; each image sequence (the movement from point A to point B to point
C) moves the narrative ahead slightly toward the denouement. Each image ...
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