Do canto da voz ao batuque da letra: a presença africana em narrativas orais inscritas no Brasil

De SOUZA, Josiley Francisco
January 2012
HORIZONTE: Revista de Estudos de Teologia e Ciências da ReligiÃ;jan-mar2012, Vol. 10 Issue 25, p302
Academic Journal
The oral art of strorytelling has always been part of human life and, for a long time, was an assential activity of societies to ensure maintenance of memories and knowledge transmitted through the tissue of narrative. One place where this art is strongly present is Africa. The poetic expressions of oral tradition have been identified by many researchers as a hallmark of African cultures and, as shown by many studies, are characterized as very important element in written literature itself by many authors throughout the continent. On Brazilian soil, one can also find the permanence of the oral verbal art. The image of storytelles who gathers ears, gestures and glances around this word can be found in many regions of Brazil, especially in the countryside. And among the many African contributions in the constitution of Brazilian culture, the presence of voices from back Africa in the oral tradition can also be perceived. This presence is revealed, from mouth to ear and from word to letter, through resonances and dialogues between African and Brazilian voices in oral narratives which were recorded in different regions of Brazil from the late nineteenth century. Inscribed in an always moving art, which promotes narratives of intense transit for various times and places - after all, the same short story or theme can be found in different places in the world - it is observed that the African presence in these oral tales is permeated by procedures of transcreation and of cross-cultural phenomena. Thus, such presence is revealed in the interweaving of voices that is very expression of Afro-Brazilian culture and can be found in different ways in oral tales: in the analysis of the characters of the plot of the narratives in the studio of printed publications that are dedicated to oral tale, or in the analysis of the Portuguese language, which, as well as oral narratives themselves, presents itself as an element of inscriptions an contacts of diverse cultures


Related Articles

  • Black Children's Oral Narrative in Latin America. De la Cruz Yataco, Eduardo Francisco // Sankofa;2005, Vol. 4, p59 

    Examines African children's oral narrative in Latin America. Importance of the African presence in popular Brazilian literature; Comments on the cumananas, such as found in Argentina's "Martin Fierro," by José Hernández; Details of the story of African child Franciquio by Mexican...

  • Writing as translation: African literature and the challenges of translation. Gyasi, Kwaku A. // Research in African Literatures;Summer99, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p75 

    Studies the implications of the use of European or colonizers' languages on African written works. Attempts to resolve the difficulty of rendering African ideas, thoughts and feelings in a foreign language; Examination of the role of translation as a critical and creative activity in African...

  • Relativism, Universalism, and the Language of African Literature. Mazfui, Alamin // Research in African Literatures;Spring1992, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p65 

    The article focuses on the opposition between linguistic relativism and linguistic universalism, regarding the utilization of language in African literature. Relativists regard the use of African languages as indispensable in the quest for an authentic African literature. For them, language is...

  • Language and Gender: A Feminist Critique of the Use of Proverbs in Selected African Dramatic Texts. Salami, Irene // Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies;Fall2004/Winter2005, Vol. 31 Issue 1/2, p22 

    The article presents a feminist perspective on literatures about language and gender in communities in Africa. Writers Helen Gilbert and Joanne Tompkins observes that many African playwrights resort to indigenous discursive patterns and tons of phrases to communicate in English. Africa is...

  • English, Cosmopolitanism and the Myth of National Linguistic Homogeneity in Nuruddin Farah's Fiction. Andindilile, Michael // Forum for Modern Language Studies;Jul2014, Vol. 50 Issue 3, p256 

    This paper analyses the intricacies of using English in a traditionally non-English context such as Somalia through the work of its foremost anglophone writer, Nuruddin Farah. Farah uses English to re-imagine the nation and promote intra-, pan- and transnational discourses within and outside...

  • TEACHING ROMANIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES: A REWARDING EXPERIENCE. Mocan, Gabriela Ioana // Lingua. B. Culture & Civilization;Jan2009, Vol. 8, p109 

    A personal narrative is presented which explores the author's experience of teaching Romanian language and culture in the U.S. in 2009.

  • Visions of Apes, Reflections on Change: Telling Tales of Great Apes in Equatorial Africa. Giles-Vernick, Tamara; Rupp, Stephanie // African Studies Review;Apr2006, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p51 

    This article explores stories that some central Africans in the middle Sangha River basin and in northern Gabon have told about gorillas and chimpanzees. Such tales have provided opportunities for Africans to debate the consequences of their engagements with outside people, resources, and...

  • Casual comment demonstrates the power of words. GUERRA, PATRICIA L.; NELSON, SARAH W.; Arndt, Bridget // Journal of Staff Development;Aug2012, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p57 

    A personal narrative is presented which explores the author's experience having an interaction in a high school math classroom where she was able to say offensive phrase that was perceived by an African-American student as racist even though that was not her intent.

  • STILL STANDING, STILL HERE, STILL DANCING. Clendon-Tau, Iwa // Waikato Journal of Education;2002, Vol. 8, p85 

    A personal narrative is presented which explores the author's experiences on teaching-learning process and her insights on language, culture and learning.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics