Elitism vs populism in the West African epic: the politics of 'Sunjata'.

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dc.contributor.author Austen, Ralph
dc.date.accessioned 1994-07-13T13:15:28Z
dc.date.available 1994-07-13T13:15:28Z
dc.date.issued 1994-07-13T13:15:28Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/7582
dc.description Paper presented at the Wits History Workshop: Democracy; Popular Precedents, Practice and Culture, 13 -15 July 1994. Copyright free en_US
dc.description.abstract The epic is a political genre whose function is to calibrate the power of the masculine warrior, or aristocracy, at the expense of other social groups. This is the understanding of the African oral narrative the Mende 'Sunjata'. It focuses on the conquering founder of the Mali Empire. The dominant idea of the epic is of hunting, limited in membership to the male. Despite this the appeal of the epic is in its subversive relationship to the hegemonic patriarchal order. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Wits History Workshop paper;9
dc.subject Elitism en_US
dc.subject Populism en_US
dc.subject West Africa en_US
dc.subject Africa, Western en_US
dc.subject Sunjata (African epic) en_US
dc.subject Mende (African people) en_US
dc.title Elitism vs populism in the West African epic: the politics of 'Sunjata'. en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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