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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Preservation of tradition in African creative writing
Author:Gerard, A.
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:oral literature (form)
literature (form)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3818966
Abstract:Whereas Islamized people of Eastern and Western Africa with an indigenous tradition of written art, offered strong resistance to Western innovation in literature, societies, which were illiterate in pre-European days, accepted Western literary genres more easily, although upholding many of the characteristics of traditional writing. This article gives a brief outline of the various literary traditions which are still influencing modern writing in Africay namely the folktales, in the form of literal recordings of oral stories or in a reshaped form, the praise-poems, the historical chronicles, etc. Especially the new formal stage drama, mostly unknown to the old Africa, is strongly influenced by the pre-colonial techniques of ritual drama and popular entertainment.