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Signed renga: Exploration of collaborative forms in sign language poetry
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Sign Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0612-6304
2017 (English)In: African Studies, ISSN 0002-0184, E-ISSN 1469-2872, Vol. 76, no 3, 381-401 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

South African Sign Language (SASL) poetry is still exploring many forms of poetry genres. This article describes the recent development of a new ‘genre’ in sign language poetry: signed renga (group poetry). The article will outline the form – what it is, how it has developed and spread, and why it is an apparently successful poetic genre. A sketch of a workshop from Signing Hands Across the Water 2 (SHAW 2) will also be provided to illustrate how renga emerges out of group work. First we will briefly explain common features of signed renga, drawing on a body of signed renga in British, Irish and Swedish Sign Languages. The second half of the article is an in-depth analysis of one signed renga, titled South Africa, which emerged from the SHAW 2 festival, with a focus on transitions as collaborative performance using shared signing space and eye gaze direction

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2017. Vol. 76, no 3, 381-401 p.
Keyword [en]
sign language poetry, South African Sign Language, renga, transition, collaboration, dialogism
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Sign Language
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-146640DOI: 10.1080/00020184.2017.1346341ISI: 000409249900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-146640DiVA: diva2:1138095
Available from: 2017-09-04 Created: 2017-09-04 Last updated: 2017-10-16Bibliographically approved

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