The main research questions that inform this exegesis include the following: What is oral tradition in the Ghanaian context? What role does auto/biographical narration play within the context of Ghanaian identity? How does orality define Ghanaian identity as it is constructed through Ghanaian funeral orations? And, how do Ghanaian funeral orations show a connection to an oral tradition? The exegesis discusses orality, autobiography and Ghanaian identity within the context of cultural formation, political construct, social communication and group personage. This is analysed within the framework of cultural representations such as funerals, proverbs, sayings, stories and the collective appreciation of the traditional and national oral language of politics which defines Ghana today, and which influenced the creative process of writing Curfew’s Children.
|Date of Award
|Adam Dickerson (Supervisor) & Jen Webb (Supervisor)