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Title: Ewi-Yoruba neotraditional media poetry : the poetics of a genre
Author: Nnodim, Rita.
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2002
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The thesis is a study in the poetics of the semi-oral, semi-written genre ofYoruba (WesternNigeria) written and radio poetry, encompassing the poetics of being poet and the poetics of being audience. Ewi emerges as a cultural practice that is discursively constituted by its practitioners. Its shared aesthetics is fonnulated around a cluster of concepts in which the "good" and the "beautiful" are intertwined. The study of the poetics of being poet highlights the imagination of ''-poetic beingness", of the art of poetry, and explores how poets create artful texts that are, through a poetics of addressivity, transposed into addressed utterances that provide inhabitable spaces for the reading and listening audience. Being audience of ewi is a generic fonn of cultural practice, reflected in shared ways of engaging with ewi as text, which encompasses strategies of focusing and expanding in making meaning out of poetry, moves of appropriating and re-employing ewi for own uses. The study of the text-ness of ewi epitomizes its being grounded in a poetics of "interface", in which its practitioners draw on all available, intersecting literary and non-literary sources, which they put to creative uses.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Nigerian