Quotation in the constitution of Yorùbá oral texts.

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  • Author(s): Barber, Karin
  • Source:
    Research in African Literatures; Summer99, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p17-41, 25p
  • Physical Description:
    Bibliography
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subjects:
      Yoruba (African people); Oral tradition; Quotation
    • Abstract:
      The writer discusses the “reification” of utterance in Yoruba discourses, signaled by the intense and pervasive practice of quotation. She suggests that quotation in Yoruba oral texts makes the fundamental presumption that utterance, in being re-presented and re-cited, can consolidate into a quasi-object, something with a life of its own. She suggests that the thinglike quality of such utterance does not imply stasis but gives the performer scope to generate new texts. Anything constituted as “quotable” can be recruited for new purposes, expanded or inflected in new ways, and attached to new textual webs, she explains. She demonstrates that it is precisely because texts are constituted as opaque, detachable, and objectlike in Yoruba discourses that flow, improvisation, and ingenious creativity are possible.
    • ISSN:
      00345210
    • DOI:
      10.1353/ral.2005.0057
    • Accession Number:
      509957846
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BARBER, K. Quotation in the constitution of Yorùbá oral texts. Research in African Literatures, [s. l.], v. 30, n. 2, p. 17–41, 1999. DOI 10.1353/ral.2005.0057. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509957846&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 18 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Barber K. Quotation in the constitution of Yorùbá oral texts. Research in African Literatures. 1999;30(2):17-41. doi:10.1353/ral.2005.0057.
    • APA:
      Barber, K. (1999). Quotation in the constitution of Yorùbá oral texts. Research in African Literatures, 30(2), 17–41. https://doi.org/10.1353/ral.2005.0057
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Barber, Karin. 1999. “Quotation in the Constitution of Yorùbá Oral Texts.” Research in African Literatures 30 (2): 17–41. doi:10.1353/ral.2005.0057.
    • Harvard:
      Barber, K. (1999) ‘Quotation in the constitution of Yorùbá oral texts’, Research in African Literatures, 30(2), pp. 17–41. doi: 10.1353/ral.2005.0057.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Barber, K 1999, ‘Quotation in the constitution of Yorùbá oral texts’, Research in African Literatures, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 17–41, viewed 18 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Barber, Karin. “Quotation in the Constitution of Yorùbá Oral Texts.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 30, no. 2, Summer 1999, pp. 17–41. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1353/ral.2005.0057.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Barber, Karin. “Quotation in the Constitution of Yorùbá Oral Texts.” Research in African Literatures 30, no. 2 (Summer 1999): 17–41. doi:10.1353/ral.2005.0057.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Barber K. Quotation in the constitution of Yorùbá oral texts. Research in African Literatures [Internet]. 1999 Summer [cited 2020 Jan 18];30(2):17–41. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hft&AN=509957846&custid=s6224580