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Oral literature in Africa [electronic resource] / Ruth Finnegan.

Finnegan, Ruth H. (Researcher). Open Book Publishers. (Publisher). (Funder).
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  • ISBN: 9781906924720 (pdf)
  • ISBN: 1906924724 (pdf)
  • ISBN: 9781906924737 (epub)
  • ISBN: 1906924732 (epub)
  • ISBN: 9781906924744 (mobi)
  • ISBN: 1906924740 (mobi)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (570 p.) ; maps, ports.
  • Publisher: Cambridge : Open Book Publishers, 2012.

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General Note: Revised edition of: Finnegan, Ruth H. 1970. Oral literature in Africa. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Complementary material (recordings and photographs that Finnegan made during her fieldwork in the late 1960's) is available from the World Oral Literature Project web site (
Bibliography, etc. Note: Bibliography: p. 511-545.
Restrictions on Access Note: Unrestricted online access
Summary, etc.: "This revised edition makes Finnegan's ground-breaking research available to the next generation of scholars. It includes a new introduction, additional images, and an updated bibliography, as well as original chapters on poetry, prose, 'drum language' and drama, and an overview of the social, linguistic and historical background of oral literature in Africa." - back cover.
Additional Physical Form available Note: Also issued in print.
Funding Information Note: The book is available as a free pdf and ebook download thanks to the generous support of interested readers and organisations, who made donations using the crowd-funding website
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)
Information Relating to Copyright Status: � 2012 Ruth Finnegan, Foreword � 2012 Mark Turin.
Subject: Folk literature, African > History and criticism.
Oral tradition > Africa.
African literature > Orally transmitted literature > to 1969 > Critical studies.
Post-colonial literature.

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