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Globalization, Oral Performance, and African Traditional Poetry

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  • Details how globalization impacts African tradition and grassroots communication and how this can be understood from aesthetic and critical perspectives
  • Combines critical literary theory with textual analyses, political thoughts with cultural, economic, and historical discourse
  • Presents oral poetry in local African language with English translations and analysis

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This book discusses globalization trends and influences on traditional African oral literary performance and the direction that Ilorin oral art is forced to take by the changes of the twenty-first century electronic age. It seeks a new definition of contemporary African bourgeois in terms of its global reach, imitation of foreign forms and collaboration with the owners of the primary agencies. Additionally, it makes a case that African global lords or new bourgeoisie who are largely products of the new global capital and multinational corporations’ socio-political and cultural influences fashion their tastes after western cultures as portrayed in the digital realm.

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria

    Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah

About the author

Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah is Vice-Chancellor, Chief Executive Officer, and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Kwara State University, Nigeria. He is co-author of Introduction to African Oral Literature and Performance (2005), and author of Africanity, Islamicity and Performativity: Identity in the House of Ilorin (2009), African Discourse in Islam, Oral Traditions, and Performance (2010), and Cultural Globalization And Plurality: Africa and the New World (2011).

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