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Restoration of values ​​of the African oral traditions and their reinvention in a modern way

CHO JI-SOOK 1

1가천대학교

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ABSTRACT

As European-centered ideological currents have led the culture and literature for a long time, denigration, value obliteration, and distortion of the entire culture and literature of the African colonial society have occurred. Therefore, judging that restoration of the value of the African oral tradition means restoration of the fundamental values ​​of mankind. This paper reveals the value of the oral story, a trace of African history and literature that retains the original form of human origin, and what in this way, it was studied whether it was reinterpreted, reborn, and restored in modern times. This study attempted to reveal that the presence or absence of letters and 'écriture' cannot determine the value of a culture. ‘Anansi’ was chosen as an example for this study. ‘Anansi’ showed the traces and influences of cross-cultural exchanges and examples of modern rebirth. As traces of exchange, the influence between African - Egyptian - Levant -Crete - Greek cultures was noted, and the work of Gerald McDermott consisting of fairy tale illustrations was presented as an example of modern rebirth. Michel Ocelot‘s work was introduced as a work that restores the contemporary values and artistry of the African oral tradition and expands the artist’s imagination and worldview. The work confirmed that contemporary works are reviving characteristics, such as continuity, extensibility, and expansiveness of African oral traditions.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.