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143356 KU Afriphone Literatures: From Oral to Written Texts in African Languages (2021W)

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max. 20 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

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Dienstag 12.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Dienstag 19.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Dienstag 09.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Dienstag 16.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Dienstag 23.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Dienstag 30.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Dienstag 07.12. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Dienstag 14.12. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Dienstag 11.01. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Dienstag 18.01. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10
Dienstag 25.01. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 4 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-10

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

In this seminar course, we trace the gradual re-orientation of African literature from the dominant 20th Century Europhone African literatures in formal curricula to a fast establishing 21st Century movement towards emphasis on Afriphone African literatures, i.e., spoken, sung, and written texts in African languages. We will analyze indigenous oral narrative genres like folktales, myths, legends, proverbs, praise songs, dirges, and lullabies across various African languages before outlining the emerging written texts of new Afriphone novelists, poets, and playwrights in various parts of Africa.

This course aims:
1. To enable students to reflect on the parametres for the definition of ‘literature’, in general, and ‘African literature’, in particular
2. To get students to think of the diglossia/multiligual situations in Africa with respect to literature
3. To enable students to be able to discuss intellectually the literary/cultural production scenario with respect to variables such as access to population groups including class, gender and social/educational status

Class interaction will be in the form of lectures.

No previous study on Africa is required.

Students who graduate from this course are prepared to pursue more advanced discussions on African literatures and the question of language in literary expressions.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Active participation during all class sessions will be key. The course will be assessed as follows:
o Written final exam (or essay if there are COVID restrictions): 100%

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

No previous knowledge on the study of Africa is required.

Prüfungsstoff

The following typical examination topics from past offerings of the course:

University of Vienna
Department of African Studies
African Languages and Literatures Section
January 29, 2015

Course no 140251 Afriphone Literatures: From Oral to Written Texts in African Languages

Lecture XX: Final Written Examination 2.10pm to 3pm

Answer only one of the following three questions:

1. What are the main sources and origins of African oral performances? Illustrate this with the pyramidal organization of the African universe.

2. Documenting indigenous cultures, such as African oral literatures, is considered an important aspect of heritage preservation in the 21st Century. Discuss this statement with reference to your study of the spoken and sung texts of the Dagaaba of West Africa.

3. In what ways can libation pouring be considered a genre of African oral literature?

Good luck!

University of Vienna
Department of African Studies
African Languages and Literatures Section
March, 2015

Course no 140251 Afriphone Literatures: From Oral to Written Texts in African Languages

Answer only one of the following three questions:

1. African oral literary performances are very much inspired by the pyramidal organization of the African universe with the Supreme God at the top? Outline this pyramidal organization and illustrate how it inspires oral literture.

2. Documenting indigenous cultures, such as African oral literatures, is considered an important aspect of heritage preservation in the 21st Century. How does your study of the spoken and sung texts of the Dagaaba of West Africa help you appreciate this key issue in African literature?

3. In what ways can libation pouring be considered a genre of African oral literature?

Good luck!

Literatur

Mark Ali and Adams Bodomo. 2021. Dagaare Folktales in Parallel Texts. LIT Verlag.

o Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization, 1991. Proceedings of the International Symposium on African Literatures. Lagos, Nigeria.

o Debate exchanges between Chinua Achebe and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
http://abagond.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/ngugi-wa-thiongo-the-language-of-african-literature/

o BBC video interview with Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-23367692

o Do not put African writers in a box:
http://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/default/files/public/The%20World%20Today/2013/OctNov/WT0513WaNgugi.pdf

o Bayo Ogunjimi and Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah. 2005. Introduction to African Oral Literature and Performance. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press

o Bodomo, A. B.and Manolete Mora. 2007. Documenting spoken and sung texts of the Dagaaba of West Africa. Empirical Musicology Review, 2(3): 81-102. https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/28815/EMR000028a.pdf;jsessionid=45625CEB56E4269071A4D08E896419CD?sequence=37

o Bodomo, A. B. 2017. Parallel text: a theoretical and methodological strategy for promoting African language literature in the twenty first century. In: Translation: A Transdisciplinary Journal, Issue 6, September 2017, p. 36-52.

o Senayon Olaoluwa: “The Being That Animates All Things”: Cannibalization, Simulation, and the Animation of Oral Performance in Ngugi's Wizard of the Crow. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 55/4 , 2014, pp. 389-405.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

SAL.KU, SAL.T1, SAL.T2

Letzte Änderung: Mo 04.10.2021 11:48