CLT 506: ORAL LITERATURE IN AFRICA
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CLT 506:        ORAL LITERATURE IN AFRICA

Advanced study of Oral Literature in Africa; Ethnographic oral literature fieldwork and home stay; Oral literature in Africa: Trends in contemporary oral literature performances, Emerging genres of African oral literature, Criticism of oral literature in Africa; performance, style and unique characteristics; IT and the growth of Oral Literature;  Theory in oral literature fieldwork; Literary and ethnographic research in oral literature; new approaches in research methodology in oral literature; Research methods and the production of data; Research design; Mechanics of Oral literature fieldwork; Approaches to transcription and translation; Ethical and political issues in fieldwork: informed consent, establishing rapport, and respect for collaborators; Practical and epistemological problems encountered in various research settings and the methods and techniques employed in addressing them; There must be balance in treating the major and emerging genres of oral literature in this course; Fieldwork with home stay component.