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Title:Oral literature in Yorb novels
Author:Ogundeji, P. AdedotunISNI
Year:1992
Periodical:African Notes: Bulletin of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan
Volume:16
Issue:1-2
Pages:23-31
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Yoruba
oral literature
novels
Abstract:The Yoruba novel makes effective use of oral literature and the presentation of the Yoruba world view. Yoruba novelists, especially those in the Fagunwa fantasy tradition, employ folktale materials, exploring the context of story telling and the setting, structure and purpose of folktales, and adapting episodes or events from folktales for inclusion in their novels. The Yoruba novelist uses poetry in creating atmospheres, depicting characters and emphasizing philosophical views. These functions of oral poetry are borrowed directly from the use of poetry in Yoruba society (Nigeria). Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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