ORAL AND WRITTEN LITERATURE IN AFRICA: A STRUCTURALIST READING CHINUA ACHEBE'S THINGS FALL APART.

ORAL AND WRITTEN LITERATURE IN AFRICA: A STRUCTURALIST READING CHINUA ACHEBE'S THINGS FALL APART.

Authors

  • ABDUL'AZIZ BAKO

Keywords:

Orality, oral-songs, storytelling, proverbial-expressions, structuralism, oral -narratives.

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between Oral and written literature in Africa. It
highlights the transformation of Oral narrative into written texts. The paper focuses
specifically on the use of Oral-narrative techniques in structuring and fashioning the narration
Fall Apart. In this regard, the paper dwells on how the
Oral tradition in Africa influences the plot structure of Things Fall Apart. The paper uses the
Structuralist approach for the analysis of the text under study, and discovers that in spite of its
being presented in the written medium, Things Fall Apart contains a huge dosage of African
Oral traditions. Lastly, the paper identifies how oral songs, storytelling, and proverbial
Fall Apart, proving the assertion that
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2023-08-08

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