Poetry, Prose and Popular Culture in Hausa

Poetry, Prose and Popular Culture in Hausa

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Introducing poetry, prose, songs and theatre from Nigeria, this engaging volume blends translated extracts with a rich commentary on the historical development and modern context of this hugely creative culture. Examining imaginative prose-writing, the tale tradition, popular song, Islamic religious poetry and modern TV drama amongst other topics, this is a clear and accessible book on a literary culture that has previously been little-known to the English-speaking readership.show more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 24mm | 539.77g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0748607862
  • 9780748607860

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Fills a conspicuous gap in the literature, has no rival in the field, and is destined to rank as a brilliant piece of research which will deservedly become a standard work of scholarship and authority. -- A H M Kirk-Greene, University of Oxford Fills a conspicuous gap in the literature, has no rival in the field, and is destined to rank as a brilliant piece of research which will deservedly become a standard work of scholarship and authority.show more

Table of contents

The architecture of literature and the interplay of voices; imaginative prose writing 1934-94; oral narratives - Tatsuniya, the tale and other prose forms; short form verbal art; theatre and mimesis; song and freelance popular singers; tied singers, singing for combatants, farmers and emirs; poetry - form and historical background in the 19th century; modern Hausa poetry.show more

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