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AFRICAN ORAL LITERATURE: A REVIEW OF ISIDORE OKPEWHO'S PUBLICATION

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Professor Okpewho's authority as an expert in this important new field is unrivaled. It presents the most comprehensive survey of the field of oral literature in Africa. Professor Okpewho is a scholar with a special talent to nurture scholarship in others. After this work, African literature will never be the same. Isidore Okpewho, for many years Professor of English at the University of Ibadan, is one of the handful of African scholars who has facilitated the growth of African oral literature to its status today as a literary enterprise concerned with the artistic foundations of human culture.

African Oral Literature: Backgrounds, Character, and Continuity by Isidore Okpewho

Audience and occasion. Implications for the study of oral literature. Oral art as literature. The former are relatively well known—at any rate the recent writings in European languages much work remains to be publicized on earlier Arabic and local written literatures in Africa. The unwritten forms, however, are far less widely known and appreciated. Such forms do not fit neatly into the familiar categories of literate cultures, they are harder to record and present, and, for a superficial observer at least, they are easier to overlook than the corresponding written material. In the popular view it seems to convey on the one hand the idea of mystery, on the other that of crude and artistically undeveloped formulations.

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Isidore Okpewho

Also a classicist and scholar, he has been described as one of the most brilliant men of his generation and one of Nigeria's most iconic literary figures. His early career began with working at the Federal Ministry of Education, the Federal Ministry of External Affairs, and the Longman publishers, where he served as an editor for eight years. Subsequently, pursuing his doctorate in the US, he became an academic there, teaching at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York from to , University of Ibadan from to , Harvard University from to , and Binghamton University.

Aims to establish oral literature as a landmark of artistic achievement, and situate it within the framework of contemporary African culture. This book is divided into three sections, and presents types of oral literature practiced in Africa, the principal concerns of the literature, and its relation to other forms of traditional art. Read more Table of contents. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.

African Oral Literature: Backgrounds, Character, and Continuity

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Research in African Literatures "Truly a tour de force of individual scholarship World Literature Today " African Affairs " Harold Scheub " Professor Okpewho s authority as an expert in this important new field is unrivaled. It presents the most comprehensive survey of the field of oral literature in Africa.

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