n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - "Looting killed" the audience : African language writing, performance, publishing and the audience : research article
|Article Title||"Looting killed" the audience : African language writing, performance, publishing and the audience : research article|
|Journal||Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies|
|Publication Date||Nov 2001|
|Pages||59 - 74|
|Keyword(s)||African languages writing, performance, publishing, African-language literary practice, Afrikatale literere praktyk, Afrikatale opvoerings in, Afrikatale skryf in, publiseer van, Audience, Indigenous audience, Inheemse gehoor, Literature, Mondelinge literatuur oorgang tot geskrewe literatuur and Oral literature transition written literature|
"Looting killed" the audience : African-language writing, performance,publishing and the audience
This article examines the role played by African-language writing,performance and publishing, including critical practice, in the demise of theindigenous audience in African-language literary practice. Using implicitmaterialism the argument is premised on the developments wrought by theera of Modernism that has lead to a univocal writing of world history, and the era of Postmodernism that has ushered in the era of a multivocalwriting of world history. The transition from oral literature to writtenliterature will also be used to advance the argument about the subsequentexclusion of the indigenous African- language audience from literarypractice. This exclusion is considered to have a direct bearing on theunder-development of African societies. Finally, possible solutions will besought by revisiting some of the causes that characterize the Africanlanguage problem as a medium of communication and research.
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