Poetry, Performance, and Art

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2003-09-01
Publisher(s): Carolina Academic Press
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Poetry, Performance, and Art is the first transcribed and translated collection and study of the udje poetry of Nigeria's Urhobo people. Udje is and integrative performance of song and dance by specially costumed performers at annual festivals. Udje dance songs were used to establish and maintain social norms. In addition to being an important compilation and study of African indigenous poetry, this book profiles three of the greatest udje poets and performers. Ojaide also explores the history of udje, including its development and the modern factors threatening its survival.Poetry, Performance, and Art will be of great interest not only to students and scholars of African oral traditions, African literature, and African studies, but also to poets in general and scholars of comparative anthropology, cultural studies, folklore, literature, performance arts, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Chapter 1 Introduction 3(8)
Chapter 2 The Urhobo People 11(4)
Chapter 3 The Origin of Udje Dance Songs 15(4)
Chapter 4 Preparations for Udje Performance 19(8)
Chapter 5 Principles of Provocation, Attack, and Counter-Attack 27(14)
Chapter 6 Subjects and Themes of Udje Dance Songs 41(10)
Chapter 7 Poetic Form and Techniques 51(12)
Chapter 8 Three Udje Poems: A Discussion 63(10)
Chapter 9 Udje Performance As Art 73(4)
Chapter 10 The Traditional African Poet and Three Udje Poets 77(10)
Chapter 11 Conclusion 87(6)
Udje Dance Songs and Translations 93(78)
Glossary of Urhobo Terms and Names 171(2)
References and Works Cited 173(2)
Index 175

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