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Author Seitel, Peter.

Title The powers of genre : interpreting Haya oral literature / Peter Seitel
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1999


Description 1 online resource (viii, 248 pages)
Series Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics ; 22
Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics ; 22.
Contents 1 Introduction; Part I: Style, Theme, and Composition in Genre; 2 The Logic of Proverbs; 3 Emergent Complexities and Complex Emergencies in Folktales; 4 Heroic Society in Interlacustrine Africa; Part II: A Genre-Powered Reading of Kachwenyanja; 5 Stanzas Need No Rhyme; 6 Significance Needs Time; 7 Summary and Conclusion; Appendix: A; Appendix: B; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Summary The Powers of Genre describes a method for interpreting oral literature that depends upon and facilitates dialogue between insiders and outsiders to a tradition. Seitel illustrates this method with lively examples from Haya proverbs, folktales, and heroic verse. He then focuses on a single epic ballad to demonstrate, among other things, why stanzas need not rhyme, and how significance needs time in oral poetry and narrative. Making a controversial claim that an heroic age, similar to that of Ancient Greece, existed in Sub-Saharan Africa, this work will intrigue anyone who works in oral literat
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-240) and index
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Subject Haya (African people) -- Folklore
Folk literature, Haya -- History and criticism
Oral tradition -- Tanzania
Discourse analysis, Narrative -- Tanzania
Haya language.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Folklore & Mythology.
Discourse analysis, Narrative
Folk literature, Haya
Haya (African people)
Haya language
Oral tradition
Mondelinge literatuur.
Haya (volk)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780198027706