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Title:Amharic Creative Literature: The Early Phase
Author:Gerard, Albert X.
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:Ethiopian-Semitic languages
literature (form)
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41960899
Abstract:Most early studies of Amharic literature had to deal mainly with devotional and didactic works as well as with genuine creative writing. More recent studies, however, offer abundant evidence that Amharic literature has now passed this budding stage. It has already known a traceable historical development. Three periods in this development are discernible: Before the Italian occupation the early Amharic writers promoted the modernization of Ethiopian society and criticized ignorance, superstition and corruption; writers after the A liberation of the country concentrated on spiritual improvement, moral teaching and the glorification of the past; recently there is a turn to the description of actual mores. With the aim to record and re-assess the earliest phase of imaginative writing in Amharic the author brings together some relevant data. Notes, appendix: a tentative bibliography.