Talk:Swahili literature

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Great to have this started!

Let's see, Knappert (1982) describes four genres of Swahili oral literature: the tale (ngano), the song (wimbo), the epic (utenzi), and the proverb (mathali). Where does that fit in with the three-way distinction into riwaya, tamthilia and shairi? Especially utenzi seems to me to cross the border, as tenzi are often written down (literature) but are also recited (oral literature). — mark 13:22, 26 September 2006 (UTC)

I changed the birth of swahili literature from 16th to 18th century. Original version (16th century) was probably a typo.


Is there a place to list Swahili non-fiction books? --McTrixie 17:21, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

List of Swahili non-fiction books? I mean, if you're going to start a list and maintain it I think it would be best to do so in a separate article. I don't think a list would be a great addition to this particular article; right now it needs more text, not more lists. — mark 17:43, 16 November 2006 (UTC)
No no, not in this article. And I don't have enough to start a nonfiction list now. --McTrixie/Mr Accountable 19:12, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

The correct word is Methali NOT Mathali.Correct this please