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Review of Mask of the Spring Water: Dance as a Source of Culture in Africa, by Birgit Åkesson
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2011 (English)In: Research in African Literatures, ISSN 0034-5210, E-ISSN 1527-2044, Vol. 42, no 4, 150-151 p.Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

The review of Birgit Åkesson's Dance as a Source of Culture in Africa (Dar-es-Salaam: Mkui Na Nyota, 2010; translated from Swedish, Källvattnets mask, by Rachelle Purveyor and Håkan Lövgren) em­phasizes the work's groundbreaking and bold attempts at “translating” dance as initiation rites (young people, adults, community) into a hermeneutics of multiple understandings. It is an anti-book where each page may involve separate, but still allied, segments of discourse such as poetry, ethno­graphy, photography. To this review I add a personal note of my working with Åkesson and its importance for me.

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Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2011. Vol. 42, no 4, 150-151 p.
Keyword [en]
Dance, Africa, initiation
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50275DOI: 10.2979/reseafrilite.42.4.150OAI: diva2:461105
Available from: 2011-12-02 Created: 2011-12-02 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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