n Institute of African Studies Research Review - On the interface of orality and literacy : the case of Jacques Fame Ndongo's

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



This study seeks to show how the interface of orality and literacy is manifested in Jacques Fame Ndongo's collection of poems titled . The notion of interface has been tackled from four different angles, namely, emphasis on celebration, the use of African idioms and indigenous vocabulary, the use of certain syntactic constructions that are reminiscent of modes of expression in orally based cultures and the high incidence of rhythm and rhyme associated with traditional poetry. The paper argues that the use of these elements associated with African oral traditions contributes to the poet's aesthetic achievement. It concludes that the indebtedness of the poet to African oral traditions and his appropriations of elements of this tradition have led to the hybridization of his poetic tradition, a tradition sustained by both orality and literacy.

Cette étude tente de montrer comment l'interface se manifeste entre l'oralité et l'écriture dans l'oeuvre poétique de Jacques Fame Ndongo, intitulée : . La notion de l'interface en littérature est traitée sur quatre angles à savoir, l'accent sur la célébration, l'usage des expressions idiomatiques africaines, l'emploi de certaines constructions syntaxiques qui nous rappellent des modes d'expressions dans des cultures orales et fréquence du rythme poétique et de la sonorité associée à la poésie traditionnelle. L'étude démontre que l'usage de ces éléments associés à la tradition orale africaine contribue à la lisibilité esthétique du poète. Elle conclut qu'il se réclame de la tradition orale de par son appropriation, des éléments de cette tradition et a conduit à l'hybridisation de l'art poétique, art qui combine les éléments de l'oralité et ceux de la scripturalité.

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