Literary Criticism

Oral Literature of the Luo

Author: Simon Okumba Miruka

Publisher: East African Publishers

ISBN: 9789966250865

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

View: 1750

This is the sixth title in a series of titles focussing on the oral literary tradition of various East African ethnic groups - the Maasai, the Embu and the Mbeere amongst others - published by EAEP. Okumba Miruka, particularly known for his contribution to oral literature in Kenya, sets out to contexualise his subject by first explaining about the Luo people and culture - from migratory patterns and economic activity to the concept of divinity, death, warfare and Luo cuisine and eating culture. He then approaches the oral literature of the Luo through the genres of riddles, proverbs, poetry and narratives. For each genre, he offers a general introduction, notes on style, convention, performance and social function, and a wide range of samples, or 'primary texts' with commentaries.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Swahili Learners' Reference Grammar

Author: Katrina Daly Thompson,Antonia Yétúndé Fọlárìn Schleicher

Publisher: Global Publishing Company


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 423

View: 5082

This reference grammar is written for speakers of English who are learning Swahili. Because many language learners are not familiar with the grammatical terminology, this book explains the basic terminology and concepts of English grammar that are necessary for understanding the grammar of Swahili. It assumes no formal knowledge of English grammar and is written in very simple language. This book is designed to be used as a supplement to other Swahili language textbooks, and provides more extensive explanations of the grammar lessons presented in textbooks. The manual is arranged by topic to help learners locate information easily. The book is organized in 55 chapters with a section for each part of speech: nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions. There are also sections for sentences and miscellaneous. References appear in footnotes throughout the text. Contains a glossary, an index, and an answer key. (KFT)
Folk literature

Studying Oral Literature

Author: Simon Okumba Miruka

Publisher: N.A


Category: Folk literature

Page: 166

View: 2657

Language spread

Swahili State and Society

The Political Economy of an African Language

Author: Ali AlʼAmin Mazrui,Alamin M. Mazrui

Publisher: East African Publishers

ISBN: 9789966468239

Category: Language spread

Page: 171

View: 7892

This text examines the social and political impact of the Swahili language.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Message in a Mobile

Author: Siri Lamoureaux

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9956726893

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 185

View: 4783

This detailed, meticulous ethnographic study on mobile phone use among Nuba students at the University of Khartoum in Sudan, distinguishes itself from other studies by taking a focused look at the linguistic content of mobile phone interactions via text-messaging, portraying it as a site for the expression of personalized and affective language. While men and women appear to be equally aggressive consumers and producers of text-message poetry, women are formally discouraged in using the phone for relations that go beyond the publicly acceptable norms of "keeping in touch" and making arrangements. Nonetheless, women use it for such purposes and many manage it discreetly, showing how this technology can serve to subvert discursive norms on gender and marriage. The mobile phone in Sudan enhances individual autonomy over interactions, making possible the extension and creation of social spaces. It simultaneously enlarges private space and trespasses into public space. Poetic themes and language, previously limited to elite producers - those both more literate and who had control over mass media domains, radio and newspapers - are exposed to anonymous recipients, who draw from, copy or forward them in continuous circulation, thereby staking a claim in the public sphere. Similarly, the mobile phone serves as a site for the exercise of several layers of identity in negotiation, and reflects or creates alternative identities and the contestation of existing discourses, communities in physical space and notions of belonging.
Social Science

Preserving the Landscape of Imagination

Children's Literature in Africa

Author: Raoul Granqvist,Jürgen Martini

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042001664

Category: Social Science

Page: 361

View: 5490

From the contents: African children's literature or literature for African children? (Sam Mbure).- Information ou intoxication?: le role du peritexte dans quelques ouvrages de romancieres africaines publies a l'intention des jeunes(Jean-Marie Volet).- Theatre for children in South Africa (Zakes Mda).- Children's literature in Nigeria: revolutionary omissions (Marieh Linton Umeh).

A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature

Author: Rebecca J. Lukens

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 078815320X


Page: 309

View: 3917

A Critical Handbook of Children's Literature, Ninth Edition, gives future teachers, practicing teachers, librarians, and parents many examples of quality children's literature to guide them in choosing the best books for the classroom, library, or home. The Handbook analyzes children's books that showcase positive examples of the literary elements, formats, and genres that are the focus in the field of children's literature. The books are noteworthy children's books, from classics to favorites to just-published titles, all selected as thought-provoking, important, or motivating choices. The authors suggest that readers examine the Handbook and then apply the literary concepts to additional reading from today's ever-expanding selection of children's books.
Folk literature, Swahili

Swahili Tales

As Told by Natives of Zanzibar

Author: Edward Steere

Publisher: N.A


Category: Folk literature, Swahili

Page: 503

View: 2789

Literary Criticism

The Child and the Book

A Psychological and Literary Exploration

Author: Nicholas Tucker

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN: 9780521398350

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 259

View: 6106

Children's responses to literature are equally fascinating from the psychological and the literary point of view. Nicholas Tucker's exploratory study traces the relationship between the child and the book using both these perspectives, from the baby's first picture book to the moment when the adolescent reader takes up adult literature. In addition, it examines critically arguments for extra care and censorship in the selection of books for children, and conversely looks at what children's books can offer the adult reader. Ranging from nursery rhymes and fairy stories to comics, popular best-sellers and modern children's writing, the author's acute criticism offers a balanced view of a stimulating and sometimes controversial subject.
Social Science

Me and My Cell Phone

And Other Essays on Technology in Everyday Life

Author: Crystal Powell

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9956727148

Category: Social Science

Page: 169

View: 5390

Cell phones and the Internet have been the recipients of in-depth research on their increased and rapid integration into everyday life and the innovative appropriations associated with them in many societies. The cell phone has attracted particular attention in its perceived abilities to both enhance and destruct social relationships. Our increased access to social media and to the cell phone has taken social networking to an unprecedented level. These communication technologies are revered by many as great, all-purpose, all-positive communication devices in spite of their flaws. They are overwhelmingly bestowed with agency and superiority. Too often, they are idolized with little regard to how they affect and are affected by their users on a personal level. The mutual shaping between technology and society is not adequately acknowledged. Technologies, in spite of the seemingly endless possibilities offered by their many functions, can quite literally be sterile and useless objects outside of conscious and tangible human effort. Cell phones and the Internet, though undoubtedly capable of providing myriad beneficial opportunities for their users, need at long last to be put in their place. This book is a contribution in that regard. Kindled by her own intimate history with her cell phone and a growing curiosity about ICTs in general, this book is a culmination of Crystal Powell's thoughts, reactions to and interpretations of some of the literature on these technologies. The book draws on and critically reviews contributions by some leading authors on the social shaping of ICTs and social media to offer a more nuanced and complex understanding of technology in relation to those who use and are used by it.
Social Science

Memoirs of an Unsung Legend, Nemeso

Author: Munyaradzi Mawere,Cosmas M. Mukombe,Christopher M. Mabeza

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9956790826

Category: Social Science

Page: 72

View: 1400

Nemeso - a four eyed man-lived in southeastern Zimbabwe in the mid-17th century. Stories about him are widely known by the Duma in southeastern Zimbabwe as he left a legacy, a delicious dish - of edible stinkbugs locally named harurwa. These insects, believed to be a gift to Nemeso by the ancestors, thrive in a grove (jiri) where no one has been allowed to meddle since the time of Nemeso, the medium through whom the stinkbugs were gifted to the living by the living-dead. The insects are a source of livelihood for the Duma people and for people beyond, and serve as a drive for forest conservation in the area. The wealthy stories of Nemeso's life have been passed on through oral tradition. This book, generated from an ethnographic reconstitution in southeastern Zimbabwe, documents the stories in a lively and fascinating thirst quenching manner.
Social Science

Karanga Mythology

An Analysis of the Consciousness of the Karanga in Zimbabwe

Author: Herbert Aschwanden

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 287

View: 6024

Newly reissued, this remains a rare work on the systems of interpretation and meaning, mythological traditions and realities of the Karanga people in Zimbabwe. The author considers the Karanga's cosmology, as a system of psychological and biological expressions, and in relation to mythological feeling and thinking. Topics covered include: creation myths; mythologies of the symbols of life and death; incest and marriage problems; forbidden sexual intercourse; pregnancy and birth; mythology as experienced reality; the mythology of an image of god; and the mythology of the night. Further cultural sources drawn on are Shona proverbs, which are to some extent included in the work. Throughout the study, the author aims to apply appropriate African, rather than narrowly Western, systems of interpretation and analysis to his material.
Folk literature

Teaching Oral Literature

Author: Masheti Masinjila,Duncan Okoth-Okombo

Publisher: N.A


Category: Folk literature

Page: 98

View: 488

Political Science

Mediating Legitimacy: Chieftaincy and Democratisation in Two African Chiefdoms

Chieftaincy and Democratisation in Two African Chiefdoms

Author: Jude Fokwang

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9956558648

Category: Political Science

Page: 124

View: 5152

This study analyses the effects of democratic transition in two African countries - Cameroon and South Africa - on chiefs and the institution of chieftainship. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, the monograph explores the cultural and socio-political conditions that enabled chiefs to reinvent themselves in the new era of democratic politics despite their status as 'old political actors'. It explores the kinds of legitimacies claimed by chiefs in the new era and the responses of their subjects to such claims, particularly with respect to chiefs' involvement in national politics. The monograph makes a case for the importance of comparative research on chiefs in the era of democracy and the predicaments they face therein. It contends that contrary to exhortations about the incompatibility of chiefs and democracy, the reality is that political transition in both South Africa and Cameroon produced contradictions, creating space and a role for chiefs in a fascinating and negotiated interplay of legitimacies and history.
Social Science

Mask of the Spring Water

Dance as a Source of Culture in Africa

Author: Birgit Åkesson,Rachelle Puryear,Håkan Lövgren

Publisher: Mkuki Na Nyoka Pub

ISBN: 9789987080502

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

View: 8058

Literary Criticism

Outline of Swahili Literature

Prose Fiction and Drama

Author: Elena Bertoncini-Zúbková

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN: 9789004168183

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 500

View: 1554

Outline of Swahili Literature is a major study and reference guide of modern prose and drama in Swahili — one of the largest languages of sub-Saharan Africa. This second edition of the eponymous study first published in 1989, is extensively revised and enlarged. It contains new and updated information, mapping trends and writers. In addition, the book contains a resourceful bio-bibliographical index of modern Swahili writers and an annotated bibliography of all known works in Swahili modern prose and drama published from the late 1950s up to 2008.

Tanzania, Democracy in Transition

Author: Haroub Othman,Immanuel K. Bavu,Michael Okema

Publisher: N.A


Category: Democracy

Page: 244

View: 7382

Political Science

Zanzibar and the union question

Author: Chris Maina Peter,Haroub Othman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political Science

Page: 241

View: 7968