Prof. Dr. Clarissa Vierke
This PHD project was published and is available at the website of LIT Verlag
"On the Poetics of the Utendi" is centred on a 19th-century Swahili Islamic epic from Kenya depicting the flight of the Prophet’s family to Madina. The study consists of a critical text edition of the poem handed down in manuscripts and an analysis of its stylistic devices, focussing on prosodic and narrative aspects as well as the linguistic-thematic repertoire. The analysis informed by discussions with eminent Swahili poets does not exhaust itself in a list of stylistic features, but considers the interplay of different linguistic and thematic levels as well as their connection with questions of representation and the emic and genre-specific conceptualisation of verbal art and composition.
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