Saturday, February 19, 2011


This interesting "quick lit trend" of the week is used often and in amazing ways! Yes, we are talking about "Oral literature!"

Oral literature-corresponds in the sphere of the spoken (oral) word to literature as literature operates in the domain of the written word. The Ugandan scholar Pio Zirimu introduced the term orature in an attempt to avoid an oxymoron, but oral literature remains more common both in academic and popular writing.

Pre-literate societies, by definition, have no written literature, but may possess rich and varied oral traditions—such as folk epics, folklore and folksong—that effectively constitute an oral literature.

Literate societies may continue an oral tradition - particularly within the family (for example bedtime stories) or informal social structures. The telling of urban legends may be considered an example of oral literature, as can jokes.

*When it comes to this "quick lit trend" it's about tradition, in the oral sense. Oral literature is the most common form of literature out there known to date. It's still common in many parts of the world to teach international development, especially as it relates to the goal of eradicating poverty, as well as to the process of globalization.

It's broad, bold, important and very innovative in the popular sense. As time goes on, it will be one form of literature that will be forever long lasting.

By: Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio

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