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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 467–473.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Neil Ten Kortenaar A great project of the first two generations of African writers was to establish continuities with the precolonial and ongoing oral tradition. This essay, however, asks what African writers thought of the act of writing itself. A key scene in Chinua Achebe's novel Arrow of God...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 124–131.
Published: 01 May 2010
... Benjamin's “The Storyteller,” arguing that the literary text and the critical essay reach comparable insights into the ideological dimensions of the struggle to rehabilitate oral narrative practices. The second section takes these insights as the point of departure for an examination of the functional...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 27–29.
Published: 01 May 2012
... been scriptural. We might also remember the existence of important efforts to make explicit what is specific to the practices of reading. Recalling the existence of gossip, tales, and oral epics, we should not equate stories or narrative fictions with novels or the reading of novels...
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Novel (2011) 44 (2): 297–301.
Published: 01 August 2011
... of what could be summed up as a history of the human species, considering “writing” as a crucial “technology” that pushed what Jackson likes to refer to as “Homo sapiens” (80) or “human beings in general” (163) into a post-oral, literate culture. This is neither new nor old historicism, as we...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 453–456.
Published: 01 November 2013
... he took from his teacher Harold Innis—fundamentally structure the kinds of thinking we do and the societies in which we live. McLuhan, Innis, Havelock, Goody, Ong: as wide ranging as these writers’ analyses were, they each accepted a radical distinction between orality and literacy...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 334–337.
Published: 01 August 2019
... . . . in order to overcome exclusionary divisions”; materially, they model practices of ethical exchange and self-rule; ontologically, they reference a nonmonadic selfhood that can only come into being relationally with others; formally, they are shaped by performative mediums such as oral poetry, proverbs...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 5–9.
Published: 01 May 2016
.... But that very realism became limited when it came to treating situations of a postcolonial situation where the absurdities of the state and its close allies are stranger than fiction. This is where the marvelous realism of orature comes in: the oral story does not always obey the proportionalities of social...
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Novel (2004) 38 (1): 107–110.
Published: 01 May 2004
... in which her access to slave agency is mediated by the limits of the historical archive, and is particularly distrustful of the written record of slavery. At times Sharpe suggests that oral forms-such as folk legends about maroon Nanny or the slave songs discussed in Chapters 2 and Pare more fully...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 137–140.
Published: 01 May 2017
... vernacular as a literary medium? In his lucid and original book, Languages of the Night: Minor Languages and the Literary Imagination in Twentieth-Century Europe, Barry McCrea explores the surprising intimacy between rural orality and metropolitan modernism, arguing that minor languages shaped...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 155–158.
Published: 01 May 2015
... the modernizing practices of automation and engineered efficiency (57) and helps sustain an “anticapitalist counterculture” (58). Morris's embrace of preindustrial oral culture stimulates a reminder of Jacques Derrida's critique of such antiwriting gestures (59), but Morris's utopian narratives clearly “debase...
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Novel (2021) 54 (3): 335–361.
Published: 01 November 2021
... on myriad other oral and written forms. From its earliest reception among its first ( Sesotho ) readers, Chaka has been hailed as a masterpiece, yet also debated over as a “problem” text: an unsettled, unsettling, and possibly even dangerous mix of historical and ethnographic fact and literary invention...
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Novel (2008) 41 (2-3): 244–263.
Published: 01 November 2008
... and oral narrative in the constructions of the Arabic novel. Poetry remains an influential expression of the community, while orality inflects Arabic narrative in ways that contribute to the construction of what we understand by the Arabic novel. In the last part of the essay, I focus on how...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 253–260.
Published: 01 August 2009
..., the oral narrative, and the potter’s hand merge into an all-inclusive product of native authenticity. The potter’s twofold labor antici- pates Walter Benjamin’s comparison of traditional storytelling with manual pro- duction in his 1936 essay “The Storyteller”: “Traces of the storyteller cling...
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Novel (1999) 33 (1): 150–152.
Published: 01 May 1999
... with the magic of storytelling is a point of re- semblance for the four artists," Billingslea-Brown argues that the use of folk magic, or "conjure," positions vernacular culture and the oral tradition as alternate sites of knowl- edge (35). Through her reading of Ringgold's Slave Rape Stoy Quzlt, she...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 502–524.
Published: 01 November 2018
... novelist, that of hiding his voice behind the very recitative style he was teaching his actors to emulate. Such readings of the play enabled James's own transformation into an embodied talking script censuring the oral performances of actors intent on improvisation, the projection of personality, and local...
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Novel (2007) 40 (1-2): 18–51.
Published: 01 August 2007
... 13 Feb . 2006 : 50 –56. Potkay , Adam . “History, Orality and God in Equiano’s Interesting Narrative.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 34 ( 2001 ): 601 –14. Pybus , Cassandra . Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and their Global Quest for Liberty...
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Novel (2002) 36 (1): 133–137.
Published: 01 May 2002
..., postmodemism. The sole oral narrator featured in this anthology, Khun Fa, narrates the birth of the modem in China. Though she turned 87 in 1998, the year in which her transcriber Lynn Thiesmeyer met her, Khun Fa was born in 1911, and her life story is one both of the geographic displacements...
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Novel (2023) 56 (2): 186–207.
Published: 01 August 2023
...‐conscious about what it means to come to the attention of others, and that they have always contributed to shaping the larger collective memory, including when they do not appear in it. neil.kortenaar@utoronto.ca Copyright © 2023 by Novel, Inc. 2023 history and fiction orality and literacy...
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Novel (2012) 45 (3): 368–388.
Published: 01 November 2012
... classification and stratification that Pierre 9 D. A. Miller describes Miss Bates’s “language of chatter” in terms that evoke Freudian oral fixation: “objectless sucking” and “undifferentiated orality” Narrative( 39); I would add that her chatter often fixates on the topic of eating. In his...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 163–168.
Published: 01 May 2010
...” (“Dynamics” 189). Pow- ell’s own archive of information, then, is significantly interdisciplinary, includ- ing films, novels, oral information, and historical documents from a multinational range of sources. In this sense we can see Powell’s own creative project as a form of Afro-Orientalism. Bill V...