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Africa and Gutenberg

Exploring Oral Structures in the Modern African Novel


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.