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growth of a literary tradition in East Africa

Chris Wanjala

growth of a literary tradition in East Africa

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Published by Institute of African Studies, University of Nairobi in [Nairobi] .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Africa, East.
    • Subjects:
    • Literature and society -- Africa, East.

    • Edition Notes

      Bibliography: p. 21-22.

      Statementby Chris Wanjala.
      SeriesPaper ;, no. 158, Seminar paper (University of Nairobi. Institute of African Studies) ;, no. 158.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsPN849.A35 W36 1982
      The Physical Object
      Pagination22 p. ;
      Number of Pages22
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL2837993M
      LC Control Number83980586

        Here's a little Q & A on Said's now seminal and foundational text Orientalism. Orientalism is a book published in by Edward Said that has been highly influential and controversial in postcolonial studies and other fields. In the book, Said effectively redefined the term "Orientalism" to mean a constellation of false assumptions underlying Western attitudes . The book is organised into sections on the socio-cultural background and historical origins of the literatures; patterns of migration and settlement in East Africa; styles in Indian literature as preserved in East Africa, common symbols, images and figures of speech; the role of the artist in literary production; and performance of oral literature.


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