Metamorphosis by kafka and so long a letter by mariama b

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Metamorphosis by kafka and so long a letter by mariama b

Old Kingdom bc Egyptian Book of the Dead c. Ibn Battuta, al-Rihla c. Year of African Independence: The continuity with the oral tradition is evident in the novels written in the African languages, in which the derivation of content and mode is direct and immediate.

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Thus, the genres of oral narrative and the aesthetics they illustrate — insofar as this involves the recital of texts in the living contexts of performance — can be said to provide the imaginative background and, often, the structural model for the appropriation of the novel genre by African writers, in both the indigenous languages and the imported European tongues.

In this explanation of the rise of the novel in Africa, literacy and writing are represented as having developed largely as a function of Western education introduced by the various Christian missions in their evangelical effort. The centrality of the Bible to this effort has thus been advanced as the constitutive factor in the creation of a new literature by the elite that, over time, emerged from the African encounter with Europe, with its corollary of colonial domination and its cultural impositions.

The Arab presence in North Africa led to the early introduction of Islam to populations in Africa south of the Sahara, and has ensured sustained interactions between the two areas for a good part of the past millennium.

The Koran has thus served for a much longer period than the Bible as a reference text for the protocols of writing and the formation of the literary sensibility in Africa. However, the role of these sacred texts has obscured a point that needs to be remarked upon: The beginnings of the novel in Africa go back in fact to the formative period of Western literature itself, with works related to Africa constituting part of its early corpus of canonical texts.

This is underlined by its structure as a sequence of set scenes, culminating in the long account of a military campaign that pits Ethiopians against Persians. But while the personal details of the author have remained obscure, the atmosphere of the narrative points to an African with possibly a racial and ideological axe to grind.

For when their dates of composition are considered, it is possible to speculate that the written works antedate the longer narratives that we now associate with the oral tradition.

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It was to take nearly a thousand years, however, before we were to witness the full emergence of the African novel as a literate genre. It is important to note in this respect the primary role played in this development by the African languages, which came to offer the writer the natural means of literate expression once these languages began to be reduced to writing throughout the continent in the course of the nineteenth century, mainly through Christian evangelical effort.

As already remarked, this effort was focused largely on the translation of the Bible into the indigenous languages, often leading to the creation of a literary idiom for many of the languages. Beyond this limited purpose of the writers, these missioninspired works came to contain a larger cultural effect, for they bore witness to the profound transformation of values that the impact of Christianity had set in motion in Africa, a process in which the traditional religions and systems of belief came to exist in a state of tension with the new religion and with structures of mind associated with Western civilization.

These texts were thus instrumental in the construction of a new mental universe indispensable for the emergence in Africa of a Western-inspired modernity. Notwithstanding the formative role of the Christian religious text in the making of the African novel in the indigenous languages, the esthetic principle came to override the didactic impulse that motivated the early writers.

The so-called Afro-Arab literature in Swahili and Hausa which was enabled by the transcription of African languages into the Arabic script ajamiwas predominantly devotional in tone; narratives in this tradition turned on the articulation of an Islamic outlook on the world based on the teachings of the Koran.

In all these works, the Islamic experience is presented as a distinctive current of a modern awareness and sensibility, and Islamic religion and tradition as essential components of a universal humanism. As pioneered by Daniel O. But his successors have moved the Yoruba novel decidedly into a secular realm of understanding, in a transition that has also involved a profound transformation of the language as a medium of literate expression.

The Swahili novel has thus come to function both as a representation of contemporary realities and as a medium of public discourse.

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