Readings in African Popular Culture

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Karin Barber
Indiana University Press, 1997 - Social Science - 184 pages
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"This is an extraordinarily rich collection full of informative detail and excellent interpretative analysis. There is not a single piece that fails to fascinate... " --Leeds African Studies Bulletin

"... an impressive collection of inspiring and thought-provoking essays." --Media Development

"This is a book that should find its way into many syllabuses and onto the bookshelves of Africanist scholars in many disciplines. Its publication marks a key turning point in scholarlship on the cultures of contemporary Africa." --Africa Today

This book surveys the popular culture of contemporary Africa, including popular literature, oral narrative and poetry, dance, drama, music, and visual art, with special emphasis on the verbal arts. The essays cover six main areas: views of the field; oral tradition revisited; social history, social criticism and interpretation; women in popular culture; "little genres of everyday life"; the local and the global.


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About the author (1997)

Karin Barber is Senior Lecturer at the Centre of West African Studies, the University of Birmingham. She has published extensively on Yoruba oral literature, religion, and popular culture and worked and traveled with a Yoruba theatre group in the early 1980s. Barber is author of Yoruba Dun un So: A Beginners Course in Yoruba (Part I), I Could Speak Until Tomorrow: Oriki, Women and the Past in a Yoruba Town, and Yoruba Popular Theatre: Three Plays by the Oyin Adejobi Company, and editor (with P. F. de Moraes Farias) of Discourse and Its Disguises: The Interpretation of African Oral Texts and Self-Assertion and Brokerage: Early Cultural Nationalism in West Africa.

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