- ISBN : 0395120780
- Total de Pages : pages
- Date de Sortie : Jeudi 0
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- Éditeur : Houghton Mifflin School
- Nom de Fichier : contes-africains
Contes Africains est écrit par et publié par Houghton Mifflin School.
African prose of French expression may be viewed as the blending of two traditions - one distinctly African, rooted in tribal tradition and folklore, expressing itself in dance, music, song, and the spoken word. The other, a more recent acquisition, is the legacy of European colonialism which brought machines, techniques, European tongues and the written word to Africa. Both currents are apparent in Africa today where independence from former French or British rule has resulted in a reaffirmation of an African identity, a desire to preserve the cultural heritage while adapting and accommodating to the challenge of modernization. The short stories and the autobiographical narrative chosen for this reader provide eloquent examples of this fusion. The four writers, Birago Diop of Senegal, Bernard Dadié of Ivory Coast, Camara Laye of Guinea, and Joseph Brahim Seid of Chad, have turned to the oral tradition to interpret it within the context of a written one. The oral tradition has belonged to them since childhood; it is the legacy passed down by the elders to the young. The written context is French, the language acquired in the schoolroom under colonial rule which these nations, now independent, have chosen to maintain as the official language. The French language has given access to thought and techniques previously unknown in Africa. It is hoped that African civilization will continue unfolding for a wider, more knowledgeable and more understanding audience and that it will do so in full measure - in poetry, in song, in dance, drama, and in folk tales.