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Title:Studying the oral literatures of Africa in the 1960s and today
Author:Finnegan, RuthISNI
Periodical:Journal des africanistes (ISSN 1957-7850)
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:oral literature
Abstract:This paper was presented at the 7th Conference of the International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA) held at Lecce (Italy), 11-15 June 2008. The author proposes personal reflections on some changes over the last generation in how the oral literatures of Africa have been studied. Drawing on her own experience, particularly with examples from the Limba of Sierra Leone, the author comments on contrasts between the 1960s and now. In addition to the huge corpus of innovative and imaginative work by researchers and practitioners from many backgrounds, there have been shifts in the image of 'Africa' and in the overall perspectives of such work. These include the international and historical context in which, unlike earlier, such work is now set, together with the increasing recognition of Africa-based scholars, emphasis on 'performance' and creativity and new approaches to the analysis and situating of 'oral texts'. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]