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Title:Islam in Senegalese Literature and Film
Author:Cham, Mbye B.
Year:1985
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:55
Issue:4
Pages:447-464
Language:English
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:Islam
cinema
literature
Religion and Witchcraft
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
film
language
Links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1160177
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1985-055-00-000030
Abstract:The spectrum of Senegalese artists' creative response to Islam is constructed principally on the basis of religious attitude, but is also correlated with certain criteria of language and artistic form. Poetry - both oral and written - in Arabic and African languages is the privileged genre among the 'traditional promotors' on the right extreme, while the 'apostates' on the left end of the spectrum use fiction in French and film in African languages as the preferred media. The less zealous and less didactic 'modern promoters' use fiction (the novel) in French, while oral narrative (the folktale) in African languages or reworked in French constitutes the principal medium for the 'irreverents'. In between these polar extremes there are 'iconoclasts' which use both fiction in French and film in African languages as their most prominent vehicles. Successively the author presents: the traditional promoters; the modern promoters; the irreverents; the iconoclasts; the apostate.- Notes, ref., sum. in French.
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