Oral laws, Written laws, Chinua Achebe, African societies
This paper is written in an attempt to shed light on the representation by Western academics, and by the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, of African societies that did not use written forms of communication but used oral forms of communication. Achebe in his novels Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease portrays social aspects of orally based societies that may serve to further aid academic studies of orally dominated societies. Throughout the text of his novels Achebe reveals an intimate relationship between individuals and community that is essential to the strength of an oral society. Achebe's presentation of law in colonial Nigeria in both its written and oral forms clearly illustrates the social changes that may be incurred due to a change in the medium of communication.
Taggart, Matthew, "The Word in Africa: Orality and Literacy in Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease" (1999). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 313.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Oral tradition--Africa; Oral tradition in literature; Oral communication--Social aspects
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
Achebe, Chinua. Things fall apart; Achebe, Chinua. Arrow of God; Achebe, Chinua. No longer at ease
student projects; term papers
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