The Journal of African Literature No. 6


AN important contribution which explores the integration of the Oral Tradition of African writing within the New and Contemporary Expressions.

In this volume scholars have strived to adopt innovative and multilayered perspectives on orality and its manifestations on contemporary African and new literatures.



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African scholars' commitment in the study in Oral Traditions is borne from the awareness that African verbal arts still survive in works of discerning writers, in the conscious exploration of tropes, perspectives, philosophy and consciousness, its complementary realism and ontology for the delineation of authentic African response to memory, history and all possible confrontations with existence such as witnessed in recent analyses of the African novel.






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Journal of African Literature and Culture No. 6.  Charles SMITH (Ed)  IRCALC, 2009 192 p.

ISBN: 9-789-7836-0353-0  Cover Design: Michael Randall

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Oral Traditions of African Writing



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This study explores an aspect of profound interest in Sembčne's work being the role of the griot in contemporary West African story telling.



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The essay shows how Fall’s work transposes one genre, which is tied to the African oral tradition, into another which emerges from the Western literary tradition.




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Jonathan Fitzgerald


New Kenyan Writers: The Narratives of Binyavanga Wainaina and Yvonne Owuor


This presentation showcases the work of two Kenyans who write with clarity of purpose learned from studying their forbears, as well as an audacity that comes from an understanding of their unique place in the world.




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