Motivforschung in Volkserzählungen der Kanuri (Tschadsee-Region)
Ein Beitrag zur Methodenentwicklung in der Afrikanistik
Author: Thomas Geider †. Series edited by: Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig.
Series: Verbal Art and Documentary Literature in African Languages Volume 172003
1 map, 2 illustrations, numerous tables and figures
Text language(s): German
Format: 160 x 240 mm
Whereas research in African oral literature has hitherto focused on individual languages and cultures, the author of the present study aims to develop a method to isolate recurrent narrative elements for inter-lingual and inter-cultural comparative research. Drawing on the methodologies developed by thematic, typological and motif research in the fields of folklore, cultural anthropology and literary studies, the author transfers them to Africanistics. Special emphasis is placed on the original linguistic manifestation of the texts which determines form and content of the transregionally important comparative units.
The study is based on 32 selected folk tales passed on among the Kanuri in north-east Nigeria and the bordering lake Chad region featuring heroic characters like the enfant terrible and the witch hunter. Structural analysis of the stories yields linguistic elements and narrative motifs that are further defined and evaluated in the context of Kanuri oral literature and culture.
In his conclusion, the author places his results in a broader West-African context that has been established in particular by French studies in African oral literature. He argues that this new methodology provides Africanists with the ability to conduct comparative research in oral literature.
Following the link below you will find a paper collection in memoriam of Thomas Geider (* 25 April 1953, † 15 October 2010):
- Advances in Kanuri Scholarship
- Afrikaner schreiben zurück
- Die Figur des Oger in der traditionellen Literatur und Lebenswelt der Pokomo in Ost-Kenya
- From the Tana River to Lake Chad – Research in African Oratures and Literatures
- Kanuri, Borno and Beyond
- Sprachen und Sprachzeugnisse in Afrika
Daniela Waldburger in Afrika und Übersee, 86/2, 2003, pp. 305-310
The dissertation [i.e. habilitation thesis, the publisher] by Thomas Geider is a real achievement, both as a documentary and as an original, well-informed and highly inspiring scientific work.
Stanislaw Pilaszewicz in Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, 35/2004, pp. 52-56
Uta Reuster-Jahn in Fabula, 46/2005, pp. 159-161
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