In this conference, we argue that oral traditions are a vital component of world literature, and not only as an antecedent to written literatures, but in their own right. The conference seeks to move past the characterisation of oral literature as traditional, locally constrained, and less aesthetically complex than written literatures. We will show instead that oral traditions are a modern and dynamic form of literary expression everywhere around the world, sometimes able to circulate across long distances.
Join author and performer Vayu Naidu as she leads a storytelling performance and workshop about stories that travel across cultures and languages. This event is supported by the MULOSIGE project at SOAS, University of London, and hosted by the N4 Library, Islington.