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Title:Interviewing African Writers
Author:Stotesbury, J.
Year:1998
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies
Volume:7
Issue:2
Pages:28-38
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:literature
interviews (form)
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol7num2/stotesbury.pdf
Abstract:The published interview with working writers, both in journals and in anthologies, is an example of what can be termed both metatext and paratext. Though frequently cited in academic research, the literary interview nevertheless remains largely uninvestigated in terms of its aims, content, strategies and reception. In the emergent field of Western scholarship in African literatures, and given the problems of cultural dissemination in Africa itself, it is apparent that the production and role of literary interviews, while important in practice, are particularly open to question. Within the context of African literature in particular, the present author considers in both literary and sociolinguistic terms the interviewer's intention and the interviewee's response; strategies involved in transcribing, editing and publication, including discussion of the relative status of the oral interview in printed form and the interviewer's and/or interviewee's 'right' to alter the original interview; and the academic and general use, and abuse, of published and unpublished interviews. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.
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