Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publics by Karin Barber
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Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publics
By Karin Barber

The Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publics

Oral and Written Culture in Africa and Beyond

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Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publics by Karin Barber

Book Description

What can texts - both written and oral - tell us about the societies that produce them? How are texts constituted in different cultures, and how do they shape societies and individuals? How can we understand the people who compose them? Drawing on examples from Africa and other countries, this original study sets out to answer these questions, by exploring textuality from a variety of angles. Topics covered include the importance of genre, the ways in which oral genres transcend the here-and-now, and the complex relationship between texts and the material world. Barber considers the ways in which personhood is evoked, both in oral poetry and in written diaries and letters, discusses the audience's role in creating the meaning of texts, and shows textual creativity to be a universal human capacity expressed in myriad forms. Engaging and thought-provoking, this book will be welcomed by anyone interested in anthropology, literature and cultural studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521837873
ISBN-10: 0521837871
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Karin Barber

Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publics by Karin Barber Anthropology of Texts, Persons and Publics, Paperback (December 2007)

A thought-provoking study of the relationship between verbal and oral texts and their role in society.

Africa's Hidden Histories by Karin Barber Africa's Hidden Histories, Paperback (July 2006)

Colonial Africa saw an explosion of writing and printing. This book considers the profusion of literary culture, the propensity to collect and archive text, and the significance attached to reading as a form of self-improvement. It also explores the innovative, intense, and sociable interest in reading and writing.

Generation of Plays by Karin Barber Generation of Plays, Paperback (February 2003)

From the 1940s to the 1980s, Yoruba popular theatre was one of the most spectacularly successful theatres in Africa. This title recounts the history of the Odin Adejo Theatre Company. It uncovers the pulse points of generation, production, and improvisation that merge when a Yoruba popular dram is brought to the stage.

I Could Speak Until Tomorrow by Karin Barber I Could Speak Until Tomorrow, Hardback (April 1991)

A study of oriki, or oral praise poetry, which is a major part of both traditional performance and daily Yoruba life.

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Author Biography - Karin Barber

Karin Barber is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Birmingham.

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