Performing Wisdom

Proverbial Lore in Modern Ugandan Society

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    Editeur du volume Dominica Dipio
    Editeur du volume Stuart Sillars
    Editeur Rodopi - Brill
    Distributeur Association de Boccard

    This is the third collection produced by members of a six-year research project, funded by the NUFU (Norwegian Programme for Development, Research, and Education), whose concern was to find, preserve, and analyse ‘orature’ – spoken forms of all kinds, both their unique qualities and their equivalence in importance to ‘literature’. A major focus was the ways in which forms of orature can be made relevant to the demands of rapidly developing nations faced with insistent problems (HIV/AIDS, administrative needs, shifts in social and familial structure, the changing roles of women). Both innovative and archival, the essays explore older legends and modern performances to outline their positive and dynamic contribution to a protean society. Some contributors address the ways in which traditional forms may be adapted: e.g., via new media to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic and to educate children in social and individual responsibility. Traditional narratives and children’s songs can function to counter cannibalism and child sacrifice. Less dark aspects of contemporary society also receive attention. Traditional patterns of leadership are adapted to today’s conditions, especially by offering women models in the form of earlier figures and their actions. Two essays analyse the use of proverbs in the speeches of political candidates and discussing traditional music festivals as celebrations of traditional kingship and rule. Others examine the nature and operation of specific forms of orature – riddles and their subtle alteration according to performer and audience; concepts of heroism; stories of origin; and variants of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. These sensitive analyses are framed by pieces from members of the research project in Norway and Uganda.

    Table of Contents Acknowledgements Lene Johannessen: Introduction: Folklore and Cultural Memory: Promises and Pitfalls Wotsuna Khamalwa: Survival of the Fittest and Stories of Cannibalism Saidah Namayanja: Mythical Implications in the Origin Stories of the Baganda and Bagishu Cindy E. Magara: The Concept of Heroism Among the Bunyoro Dominica Dipio: Traditional Leadership Wisdoms and Their Contemporary Parallels: The Madi of Uganda Susan Nalugwa Kiguli: Audience Perspectives on the Music Festivals Phenomenon in Buganda Abasi Kiyimba: Proverbial Imagery in Contemporary Political Discourse in Uganda Aaron Mushengyezi: Riddling Among the Banyankore and Baganda in Uganda Gulere Wambi: The Popular Form and Structure of Riddle Discourse in Lusoga Danson Sylvester Kahyana: The Potential Role of Orature in Fighting the Spread of HIV/AIDS Lillian Bukaayi Tibasiima: “Mudo”: The Soga ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ Edgar Nabutanyi: Transplanting the Pumpkin: Folktales in New Media Formats for Children’s Instruction Isaac Tibasiima: ‘Heed my Voice’: Children’s Song in the Wake of Child Sacrifice Stuart Sillars: Afterword: Ancestral Voices Prophesying Marketplace Uzoechi Nwagbara: Achebe’s Fiction and the Changing Generation of Nigerian Women: Towards a Paradigm Shift in Leadership Ignatius Chukwumah: Lazarus, Noah, and the Enunciation of the Resurrection Mythos in Soyinka’s The Interpreters Omolola A. Ladele: The Àbikú Mystique: The Metaphor of Subversive Narrative in Buchi Emecheta’s Kehinde Dele Bamidele and Rotimi Agbana: Richard Maduku’s Kokoro Compound: A Postmodern Reading H. Oby Okolocha and Sophia I. Akhuemokhan: The Violation of Women’s Human Rights: Transformative Processes in Julie Okoh’s Edewede and Stella ‘Dia Oyedepo’s Brain Has No Gender Bright Molande: The Fatal Voyage: Colonialism as Tragedy in Steve Chimombo’s Writing Robert Nathan: “The Religion of the Dream”: Colonial Myths and the Epistemology of Power in Alain Mabanckou’s Bleu blanc rouge Creative Writing Wumi Raji: Born to Run Nick Tembo: Three Poems Reviews Gordon Collier: Up Jumped a Jumbie Tosin Gbogi: Destructive Deluge Books Received Notes on Contributors

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2013-01-01
    Nbr Pages Arabes 392
    Collection Matatu - Journal for African Culture and Society
    ISBN 13 978-90-420-3811-0
    Type Nom