Sunday, May 25, 2008

Writing at the periphery of literature

I gave a quick read to an interesting short book chapter:

Orthopraxy, Writing and Identity – Shaping lives through borrowed genres in Congo, by Jan Blommaert, in Jim Martin and Ruth Wodak (eds), Re/Reading the past, Amsterdam, 2003, 177-194.

Blommaert presents two texts written by Congolese sometime during the 1970s-80s. One is a kind of autobiography, the other a piece of history by a relatively well-known Congolese folk-painter Tshibumba Kanda Matulu. Both suggest how people without much formal education can nevertheless engage in literacy practices... but neither work was intended for mass publication- they were each intended for a "single" reader... makes one wonder how many books are out there unproduced...

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