Le sacre de la tradition orale a la litterature ecrite en afrique subsaharienne


Doctoral thesis in Études africaines

Under the supervision of ARLETTE CHEMAIN DEGRANGE.

defended on 1995

in Nice .

  • Alternative Title

    The sacred from oral tradition to written literature in subsaharian africa

  • Abstract

    We have analyzed the clearness of the sacred from oral tradition to written literature in subsaharian africa. For sur the live of an african has even since been regulated by a set of values governed by the sacred, the visible and the invisible. When we proceeded with analyzing the main props "piliers" of the orality, through which the sacred manifests itself, we did not focuss our mind only on africa; we also extended our instigations towards other primitive peoples beyond the african continent frontiers. This strategy has unabled us find out the universal aspect of myths tales and legends. Our particular interest in exploiting the sacred is a ginuine expression of the desire of any african not to break with his cultural past. The same desire is even the basement of the birth of the negritude a literary movement said to be of "revolt". For any african, nothing is as important as the sacred. His life issued from the natural and the supernatural.

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  • Abstract

    Nous avons etudie la transparence du sacre de la tradition orale a la litterature ecrite en afrique subsaharienne. En effet, depuis toujours la vie d'un africain a ete reglee par tout un ensemble de lois regies par le sacre, le visible et l'invisible. Lorsque nous avons procede a l'etude des principaux piliers de l'oralite, au travers desquels se cristallise le sacre, nous ne sommes pas limites uniquement etendu nos investigations au niveau a autres peuples archiques situees au dela des frontieres africaines. Cette strategie nous a permis de relever le caractere universel des mythes, contes et legendes. L'interet tout particulier que nous avons attache a l'exploitation du sacre dans cette etude est la preuve de la manifestation de la volonte de tout africain de ne point rompre avec son passe culturel. Elle est l'emanation meme de la naissance de la "negritude" courant litteraire dit revolte. Pour tout africains rien n'est aussi important que le sacre. Sa vie repose aussi bien sur le naturel que sur le surnaturel.

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