The Search for African Orality by Catherine Farrar
Approx. 74,030 words.
Published on September 30, 2012.
Africa is commonly seen as the 'oral' continent, a contrast to 'literate Europe'.
The anthropologist Ruth Finnegan, building on long experience of Africa's oral arts from both documentary and first-hand field sources, queries this notion and reveals Africa as the site of both oral and literate practices, and astoundingly rich in each.
Remarkably readable as well as illuminating .