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Africa and Gutenberg

Exploring Oral Structures in the Modern African Novel

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Gerhard Fritschi

The present investigation attempts to throw light on the modern African novel in English (Tutuola, Achebe, Armah, Okara) as a synthesis of an oral sensibility with a literate form. It tries to analyse and interpret how the traditionally oral Africa - perhaps its orality even newly reinforced by the influence of the electronic media - carries on and integrates its heritage in a world shaped by the combined alphabetic and Gutenberg revolutions.
Contents: Amos Tutuola's oral tales - Memory patterns: proverb and theme in Chinua Achebe's novels - The sensorium: Armah's digestive vision and Okara's spoken word.