The Eloquence of the Scribes by Ayi Kwei Armah

Vendor: Book
Type: Book

This memoir on the ancient sources and future resources of
African literature, gives colonial Africanist preconceptions of
Africa’s literary heritage a clean burial. Citing new evidence
on oral and written traditions, it shows that Africa’s old oral
culture, antedating the pyramids, was the matrix from which
emerged the hieroglyphic literature and ancient Egypt. Armah
argues that traditions of ancient Egypt and feudal Africa,
sharing numerous myths, narratives, symbols and words,
constitute an ancestral treasury of concepts and images, a
profound source of artistic inspiration and organizational ideas
for writers and intellectuals ready to work an African future.