What is fieldwork in oral literature
Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth FinneganRuth Finnegan’s Oral Literature in Africa was first published in 1970, and since then has been widely praised as one of the most important books in its field. Based on years of fieldwork, the study traces the history of storytelling across the continent of Africa.
This revised edition makes Finnegan’s ground-breaking research available to the next generation of scholars. It includes a new introduction, additional images and an updated bibliography, as well as its original chapters on poetry, prose, drum language” and drama, and an overview of the social, linguistic and historical background of oral literature in Africa.
This volume is complemented by original recordings of stories and songs from the Limba country (Sierra Leone), collected by Finnegan during her fieldwork in the late 1960s, which are freely accessible here.
The book is available as a free pdf and ebook download thanks to the generous support of interested readers and organisations, who made donations using the crowd-funding website unglue.it.
Oral Literature in Africa is part of our World Oral Literature Series in conjunction with the World Oral Literature Project.
What is the importance of field work in oral literature?
Example of literature is oral literature and writen literature. The Iliad came first but it wasn't 'written' as a work of literature it was composed as an epic poem to be recited in the oral tradition. As far as we know, only humans have literature. But the cetaceans appear to have language, and for all we know whales and porpoises may have an "oral" literature that they compile. There is more than one birthplace of literature.
When I was doing my doctorate, I took a variety of methods courses. Seeing as I had taken economics during my Masters and that I was originally a chemical engineer, I thought it was advisable to do coursework that would actually help me in a variety of situations. I took quantitative methods, qualitative methods, spatial analysis and GIS, etc.
Once a student has known what is folklore and folklife, he faces a situation of collecting folklore data on one or various aspects of folklore and folklife studies; and some kind of fieldwork becomes necessary. Without going into the details of history of fieldwork 1 in folklore, I will discuss here, in an introductory manner, some of the general aspects of fieldwork, that have relevance to our Indian conditions. In fact each item of folklore might require a special kind of fieldwork for its collection. For example, the kind of field methodology needed to collect folktales, as is well known, is practically of no use when one records a dance performance. Similarly, data on material culture may not be collected in the same manner as one collects songs or oral narratives.