African literature is as diverse as the continent itself, but several characteristics and themes prevail throughout much of the written works emerging from Africa. For instance, there is often a great emphasis on the his... More »

The National Museum of African American History and Culture by the Smithsonian provides exhibits for learning about African-American culture. Additionally, the Library of Congress contains several historical documents fo... More »

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The definition of oral literature would be literature or story telling that uses the spoken work or word of mouth. Oral literature has no transcription due to the language not being a written language. One example of thi... More »

The characteristics of contemporary poetry in Africa are described, by various sources, as having a distinct influence from African current events and recent history, including such themes as postimperialism, cultural up... More »

Some of the most common themes in literature are overcoming adversity, crime does not pay and love conquers all. These themes resonate so much with readers that they appear throughout time, both in classic and modern for... More »

Some of the most important universal themes in literature are coming of age, a great adventure, loss of innocence, betrayal and the alienation or impotence of the modern human. Others are noble sacrifice, rebellion again... More »

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African literature can be divided into three distinct categories: precolonial, colonial and postcolonial. Precolonial literature often takes the form of oral narratives that are sometimes accompanied by music and center ... More »