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Title:The State of Oral Literature Research in Ethiopia: Retrospect and Prospect
Author:Fekade Azeze
Year:2001
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Volume:34
Issue:1
Period:June
Pages:43-85
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:oral literature
literature reviews (form)
Bibliography/Research
Education and Oral Traditions
literature
Folk literature
research
bibliography
Literature surveys
Ethiopian languages
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41966115
Abstract:This survey of research on oral literature in Ethiopia considers the contributions of both expatriate scholars and Ethiopians in collecting and studying Ethiopian oral literature. It surveys published oral literature texts in Ethiopian languages as well as unpublished works, the work of the Department of Ethiopian Languages and Literature (senior essays by graduating students, the oral literature research group) and some oral literature texts and research presented by Ethiopians in English. It stresses the need for a new collaborative effort with respect to the selection and translation into English of old seminal oral literature works in Italian, German and French and the preparation of a specialized, general annotated bibliography of works in oral literature, as well as a number of other measures, leading to the establishment of a folklore documentation centre that could gradually grow into a folklore institute. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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