Molly Amelia Krans

Week 3. On the Abolition of the English Department. Thiong’o

The basis of this article was to incorporate more African tradition into the English Department at the University of Nairobi in 1968.  The Oral Tradition in Africa has been around forever and is still alive today.  It suggests how interconnected the art forms are in this traditional practice.  The beauty about tale, dance, song, myth (all part of the oral tradition) is they have other social purposes besides individual enjoyment.  They talk about the use of dance being studied ‘as symbolic expression of social reality reflecting and influencing the social, cultural and personality systems of which it is a part.’  They tell their stories through movement.  I must talk to Bolger about implementing this tradition instead of writing that final paper.  Good idea.

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