[Oral Traditions and Modern Literature in Ghana]

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Apronti, Dr. Jawa, Fiction and Poetry in Africa (Ghana)

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Dr. Jawa Apronti delivers a presentation on the oral traditions and modern literature in Africa. In the presentation he discusses the Negritude literary movement in France. Dr. Henry Mitchell juxtaposes African and Biblical oral tradition with Western written tradition.

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00:00:05 Audio begins with Dr. Henry Mitchell talking about the program and introduces Professor Apronti to talk about the oral traditions and modern Literature in Ghana.

00:00:53 Apronti talks about the manifestation of oral literature being seen at its best in areas where there are a large number of people.

00:01:33 Talks about how the oral tradition of Africa is unwritten.

00:09:01 Talks about historical narratives related to the origin of the people.

00:17:38 Talks about literature performed through surrogates.

00:26:36 Dr. Henry V. Mitchell talks about oral communication being the highest form of communication as opposed to written.

00:28:11 Apronti talks about considering what writers are trying to do and the function of oral literature.

00:39:01 Talks about the colonial experience and Negritude literary movement of Black students in France.

00:48:27 Poem read.

00:53:36 Audio ends.


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