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African Oral and Written Traditions

Harold Scheub

in African Studies

ISBN: 9780199846733
Published online October 2012 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199846733-0037
African Oral and Written Traditions

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It is the task of the storyteller, in both the oral and written traditions of Africa, to forge the fantasy images of the past into masks of the realistic images of the present, enabling the performer to pitch the present to the past, to visualize the present within a context of and therefore in terms of the past. Flowing through this potent emotional grid is a variety of ideas that have the look of antiquity and ancestral sanction. Story occurs under the mesmerizing influence of performance, the body of the performer, the music of her voice, the complex relationship between her and her...

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Subjects: African History ; African Languages ; African Music ; African Philosophy ; African Studies

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