Africa's Hidden Histories: Everyday Literacy and Making the Self

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Karin Barber
Indiana University Press, 2006 - 451 strán (strany)
Colonial Africa saw an explosion of writing and printing, produced and circulated not only by highly educated and visible elites, but also by wage labourers, clerks, village headmasters, traders, and other obscure aspirants to elite status. The ability to read and write in English was considered essential for educated persons, and Africans from all walks of life strove to participate in the new literary culture. Karin Barber and an international group of Africanist scholars have uncovered a trove of personal diaries, letters, obituaries, pamphlets, and booklets stored away in tin-trunks, suitcases, and cabinets that reveal individuals involved in the new occupation of the colonial era-putting pen to paper. Africa's Hidden Histories taps into rare primary sources and 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. As it explores the innovative, intense, and sociable interest in reading and writing, this book opens new avenues for understanding a rich and hidden history of Africa's creative expression.
 

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London in Wartime
23
Systole and Diastole
24
The Taoist Teacher
26
Water From the ThawedOut Snow
27
To a Political Friend
28
To Chenrezi
29
Lines
30
Meditation
31
The Ballad of Journeyman Death
298
Four Gifts
299
Lines Composed on Retreat During a Period of Silence
336
Epigram on Molly the Medium
337
Yemen Revisited
338
A Wish
339
Lines to Jayapushpa on Her Return to Malaysia
340
Tuscany 1983
341

The Wheel of Dharma
32
Music at Night
33
The Wandering Singer
34
The Clouded Dragon
36
Before an Image of the Buddha
38
The Moon of Beauty
40
Night Thoughts
41
Rain
43
The Parable of the Plough
44
Above Me Broods
46
Maitreya
129
Platos Reply
130
Song
131
Rhymed Haiku 132 Rhymed Haiku 132 Rhymed Haiku
132
Rhymed Haiku 133 Rhymed Haiku
133
Lumbini
134
Animist
135
The Poets
136
The CharcoalBurners
137
Buffaloes Being Driven to Market
139
No Word
141
Quatrain
142
Up and Down the Gravel Path
143
Tibetan Trumpets
144
Hieroglyphics
145
I Think There Lives More Wisdom
146
Mans
147
In the Woods are Many More
148
Summer Afternoon
149
Awakening
150
ISI Haiku ISI Haiku 152 Lines
152
Manifesto
153
The Survivor
154
ISS A Rainy Day in the Mountains
155
The Abominable Snowman
157
Reciprocity
159
Transformation
160
The Sangha
228
Couplet Haiku
234
Rhymed Haiku
240
Points of View
246
Waiting in the
252
Ten Vignettes
256
The Crystal Rosary
258
After Meditation
259
Chinese Poems
260
I Want to Break Out
264
From the EverFaithful Present
265
The Mask
266
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian
267
Orpheus in the Underworld
268
St Jerome in the Desert
269
For the Record
270
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272
Petals
274
Haiku 276 Wish
276
Fourth Metamorphosis
277
Variations on a Mersey Sound i
278
Variation on a Mersey Sound 11
280
Mother
282
The Time Has Come
283
Dream
284
Life is King
285
Mirrors
286
Scapegoat
287
At the Barbers
289
In the New Forest
290
Criminals
291
Sangharakshitas Verses of Acknowledgement
292
Easter Retreat
294
Sequence in a Strange Land
295
St Francis and the Birds
342
Three Rubaiyát
344
Lines Composed on Acquiring The Works of Samuel Johnson LL D in Eleven Volumes MDCCLXXXVII
345
The Wondering Heart
349
Bhájá 1983
351
Poems on Paintings From the Genius of Venice Exhibition at the Royal Academy
352
Minervas Rebuke to Jean Cocteau
358
Three Epitaphs
359
The Golden Flower
360
The Ballad of the Return Journey
361
Tarashri
362
The People of Bethnal Green
363
The Oak and the
364
Paradise Lost
365
Betrayal
366
A Man was Walking Behind Me
367
The Past is in the Mind
368
The Great Things of Guhyaloka
369
An Old Story
371
Time and Eternity
372
Birds and Their Gods
373
Muchalinda
377
Diptych
379
For Pon Solitary Retreat
380
The Gods
382
Work and Play
383
Contraries
384
The Neoplatonists
385
People Like Things Labelled
386
Yesterdays Blossoms 387 Crystal Ball 387 My Life
387
The Teacher of Gods and
388
Four Haiku
389
To Pin Prague
390
391
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London Bridge
392
On a Certain Author 393 Remembering the Poetry Reading
393
Surely King Mark was Mad
394
The Poetry of Friendship
395
LONGER POEMS
397
The Awakening of the Heart
401
The Veil of Stars
417
On Glastonbury
439
The Caves of Bhájá
449
Hercules and the Birds
459
TRANSLATIONS
469
Translations from the Pali
471
Auspicious Signs
473
Loving Kindness
475
Jewels
477
The Buried Treasure
483
Invocation to the Wrathful Deities
489
SOS NOTES
507
CONTENTS
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PART ONE DIARIES LETTERS AND
25
What is our intelligence our school going and
52
The Letters of Louisa Mvemve 78
78
A Historical Inquiry into
113
African WorkingClass LetterWriting
143
Lazarus Phelalasekhaya
155
Schoolgirl Pregnancies LetterWriting and Modern
180
PART TWO READING CULTURES PUBLICS
209
Reading Writing
236
The Case of
258
Writing and Publishing
278
A Transformational Reading of the Memoirs
314
PART THREE INNOVATION CULTURAL EDITING
339
Writing Genre and a Schoolmasters Inventions in the Yoruba
385
Literary Circles New Opportunities
416
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS 435
435
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Karin Barber is Professor of African Cultural Anthropology at the University of Birmingham. She is author of The Generation of Plays (IUP, 2000), which won the Herskovits Award, and editor of Readings in African Popular Culture (IUP, 1997).

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