Ruth Finnegan

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Under my academic name of Ruth Finnegan I am Emeritus Professor in Social Sciences (Sociology) at The Open University, United Kingdom, also a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford, my alma mater. I have conducted anthropological fieldwork in Africa, Fiji and England, publishing mainly on the anthropology of art, communication, and performance, also on comparative literacy, ‘orality’ and multimodality. My recent publications include ‘Communicating’ (2002), ‘The Oral and Beyond’ (2007), ‘Why Do We Quote?’ (2011), 'Where is Language', and a second (illustrated) edition of ‘Oral Literature in Africa’ .

Currently (2015) I am working on a number of books and am especially interested in the ( controversial) issues connected with important topics such as the reality of dreams, return from death, and new views if cinsciousness, and above all the connection if such phenomena with the heightened consciousness of musical experience. An edited volume entitled 'Entrancement: Integrating Dreams, Music and Consciousness' is due out in 2016 (University of Wales Press).

I have also in the last few years turned to writing fuction, initially under the alias iof Catherine Farrar, now under my birth name of Ruth Finnegan. This includes the four novellas of 'The Angel Quartet' ('The Little Angel and the Three Wosdoms', 'Loving -Three!', 'The Heavenly Rocker', and 'The Dragon's Tale') and, must recently ( late 2015), the successful full-length 'Bkack Inked Pearl', a remarkable and highly original novel which has been compared to 'The Alchemist' , totally originating in my dreams.

Personal background. I was born and brought up in Derry and Donegal in northern Ireland which will forever affect my outlook and language, not least my love of music (I still like to sing in a choir when I can - reflected in Sophy’s reluctant engagement in ‘The Little Angel’) and in the music of words. For this and much else I owe a great debt to my parents, Tom and Agnes Finnegan, to my brothers and sister, my husband David and our three wonderful daughters and their children, who I hope will one day read and enjoy my stories.

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The Heavenly Rocker The Angel's Little Sister Plays Merry Heaven and Hell
Series: The angel quartet. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 5,350. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Adventures of the angel's little sister. harpist in heaven, rock player and jealous lover in hell..
Love enpictured
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 130. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Antiques & Collectibles » Art
gorgeous full-colour collection of art images, for treasuring or giving: animal, young, old, flowering, nature's, heavenly - well all love is, isn't it - and of course human too. 'My heart is without rest till it rests at last in thee'
The Dragon's Tale
Series: The Self Quartet · The angel quartet. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,340. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The dragon bemoans his blasphemies and blemishes as he lies hidden in the secret places of the earth. Even God cannot help him, nor the little angel, nor even the maiden he woos and swallows, then co-opts to destroy God’s world with him. Only Mairelaigh the little girl who loves him believes he is precious. With her support he recreates the world (God hadn’t noticed its destruction
Music and Creation
Series: In search of human culture. Price: $30.99 USD. Words: 74,090. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Ethnomusicology, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology / Cultural
What is music and how can we study it? In this third volume of her forthcoming series 'In Search of Human Culture', the eminent anthropologist offers her own answers. she draws on both on her own first-hand work in Africa, the South Pacific and England and on extensive documentary sources, and provides a guide to the vast literature on the issues.
Thoughts and Reflections on Language, Literature, and Performance
Series: In search of human culture. Price: $15.99 USD. Words: 63,140. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology / Cultural, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Linguistics
What is language and how do humans use and analyze it? And how is it that literature exists, dreamlike, in human culture? In this readable collection the eminent British anthropologist Ruth Finnegan reflects on both the questions and her own answers.
The Search for African Orality
Series: In search of human culture. Price: $30.99 USD. Words: 74,030. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology / Cultural, Nonfiction » History » Africa
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 .
The Wild Thorn Rose
Series: The Self Quartet. You set the price! Words: 7,420. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The sweet love story of a girl who spends her life searching for the unknown love she'd rejected twenty-one years before. Had he - and his rose - come at last? Was it a dream? wishful thinking? dementia? death as the end of it all? Or was it, as the author - a romantic - believes that true love has no time, and is eternal. And how could he NOT forgive her when he had loved her all his life.

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