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Democratic Transitions In Africa, Shaheen Mozaffar Dec 1997

Democratic Transitions In Africa, Shaheen Mozaffar

Bridgewater Review

No abstract provided.


Japan And Ethiopia: An Appraisal Of Similarities And Divergent Courses, Messay Kebede Dec 1997

Japan And Ethiopia: An Appraisal Of Similarities And Divergent Courses, Messay Kebede

Philosophy Faculty Publications

The idea of a comparison between pre-1935 Ethiopia with Japan before and during the Meiji Restoration arouses contradictory reactions among students of Ethiopia. Some find the idea indefensible, others judge it quite reasonable and instructive. Those who reject the parallel do so by emphasizing the social gap which separated Japan and Ethiopia, while those who welcome the idea base their arguments on historical similarities and on the identity of objectives of their respective modernizing circles. Thus, among the first group, Shiferaw Bekele contests the seriousness of a parallel between Japan and Ethiopia, arguing that the Ethiopian leaders had only a ...


The Art Of Fasting: Benin's Ague Ceremony, Kathy Curnow Oct 1997

The Art Of Fasting: Benin's Ague Ceremony, Kathy Curnow

Department of Art and Design Faculty Publications

Part of a special issue on the Great Benin Centenary, which marks the British invasion and conquest of Benin in 1897 (see also summer 1997 issue). The writer discusses Benin's Ague ceremony. She notes that formerly a ceremony of critical importance, Ague has received little scholarly attention. This could be, she explains, because its full celebration ceased during the reign of Oba Eweka II (ca. 1914–33). Among the topics she discusses are how the ceremony changed substantially under various monarchs, the significance of yams in the ceremony, and the role of fasting.


The Kongo Cosmogram: A Theory In African-American Literature, Corey C. Stayton May 1997

The Kongo Cosmogram: A Theory In African-American Literature, Corey C. Stayton

ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library

This study examines the use of Kongo cosmology as a theory of reading African-American literature. By analyzing the philosophical modes and belief systems of the Bakongo people, a general view of their cosmos is constructed and establishes the Kongo cosmogram used as the basis of this study.

The community, crossroads, elders, and circularity of life all prove to be crucial elements in the Kongo cosmogram. These elements all have respective roles in the operation of the Kongo cosmogram as a literary theory.

As the focus shifts from Africa to America, a study of how the Kongo cosmogram is disrupted by ...


Foreign Periodicals On Africa, John Bruce Howell Feb 1997

Foreign Periodicals On Africa, John Bruce Howell

Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography

No abstract provided.


Medical/Health Periodicals And Books On Africa, John Bruce Howell Feb 1997

Medical/Health Periodicals And Books On Africa, John Bruce Howell

Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography

No abstract provided.


Ebonics: The Political Process Through A Glass Darkly, Editor Jan 1997

Ebonics: The Political Process Through A Glass Darkly, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

The author discusses the ebonics (black English) controversy.


Guides, Collections And Ancillary Materials To African Archival Resources In The United States, John Bruce Howell, Yvette Scheven Jan 1997

Guides, Collections And Ancillary Materials To African Archival Resources In The United States, John Bruce Howell, Yvette Scheven

Electronic Journal of Africana Bibliography

No abstract provided.


Review Of Heather Millar, The Kingdom Of Benin In West Africa, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 1997

Review Of Heather Millar, The Kingdom Of Benin In West Africa, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

Clio smiles, then weeps. A hundred years after its destruction, the empire of Benin enters the hall of fame of civilizations. Standing alongside old standards like Greece and Rome that have constituted the canon at least since the Renaissance, and next to some newcomers like the ancient Maya, the Aztec empire, China's Tang Dynasty, and India's Gupta Dynasty that have been ushered in by the spirit of multiculturalism, Benin—so far the sole representative of the African continent in the series "Cultures of the Past"— takes its position on the educational shelf that could shape the historical consciousness ...


Predicate Clefting In Kisi, George Tucker Childs Jan 1997

Predicate Clefting In Kisi, George Tucker Childs

Applied Linguistics Faculty Publications and Presentations

This paper examines the focus construction of Kisi, an Atlantic language (Niger-Congo) spoken by some half a million people primarily in Guinea but also in nearby Sierra Leone and Liberia. The data come from work done in 1983-84 on the southern dialect spoken in the Foya area of Upper Lofa County, Liberia. Of particular interest is the presence of what has been known in the literature as "predicate clefting'', e.g., DeGraff 1996. Its interactions and complementarity with negation, an inherently focusing construction (Marchese 1983), evince some complexity. Despite some superficial similarity, however, substantial syntactic differences exist. More similarities exist ...


The Seasons Of Beento Blackbird By Akosua Busia, Pamela J. Olúbùnmi Smith Jan 1997

The Seasons Of Beento Blackbird By Akosua Busia, Pamela J. Olúbùnmi Smith

Goodrich Scholarship Faculty Publications

As the African diaspora continues to define its own unique position and global contributions, African diaspora studies are necessarily asserting themselves as essential to the cultural-diversity and multiculturalism discourse in the U.S. and, most important, as an indispensable part of the current discourse on pan-Africanist consciousness, global identity, and the new world order.


Zenzele: A Letter For My Daughter By J. Nozipo Maraire, Pamela J. Olúbùnmi Smith Jan 1997

Zenzele: A Letter For My Daughter By J. Nozipo Maraire, Pamela J. Olúbùnmi Smith

Goodrich Scholarship Faculty Publications

"A luta continua," the slogan for the revolution in much of southern Africa, is a befitting theme for Nozipo Maraire's mother-to-daughter clarion call to "remember" in order to know and be, for it is in knowing what makes one that one then knows how to be how to absorb "multiple frames of reality." Thus the essence of a mother's legacy to her daughter as she enters a new world, leaving her native Zimbabwe to study at Harvard, in the USA.