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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Interdisciplinary Studies

IDS 210 (IT) Oral Tradition and Performance in African Literature (1)

This course explores how contemporary written literature in Africa continues to derive a great deal of its vitality from older traditions of verbal art. Initially the course will examine sample texts from the oral tradition. It will next focus on representative texts by major African writers whose works have made use of said oral tradition as well as examine their social and political contexts. The principal concern of the course will be the analysis of the aesthetic implications of the transposition of oral techniques and structural features into the medium of the written/printed word. Conducted in English.

  • Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Fofana