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Brandeis University
P.O. Box 549110, MS 006
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Waltham, MA 02454-9110
(781) 736-2210
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Department Office: Brown 228

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Language and Literature

Oral Poetry and Oral Storytelling

Scripture (In Southern Sudanese Languages)

Written Fiction

Written Poetry



Youth depend on elders for wisdom and knowledge about their surroundings and their history. Traditionally, the Sudanese pass down their knowledge of the past through oral history.  This has changed since the coming of Christianity into the region. The Bible has become the first book to be translated into many dialects in the country.  Many Sudanese have authored books and articles that are published in English and other languages. Ironically, most of the contemporary southern Sudanese writing is in either English or Arabic. Due to limited resources, few southern Sudanese scholars have been able to publish their works in indigenous languages.    

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