Campbell – Rhetoric from the Ruins of African Antiquity

  • Campbell notes that the work of Kennedy in his book Comparative Rhetoric actually only considers contemporary African rhetorical practices, not historical ones.
  • In this piece Campbell considers Nubia, Axum and Mali to demonstrate that the roots of the African rhetorical tradition are complex and deep.  This means that scholars must reassess their understandings of African rhetorical history and the relationship of that history to the West (258).
  • Thankfully Campbell spends a good deal of time working through the rhetorical practices of the djeli or griot tradition in West Africa.  I’ve done some work on this particular culture myself and have included in this document.  🙂  – While it has been years, I still love and hope to return to this work.

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