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Oral Epics from Africa Vibrant Voices from a Vast Continent

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ISBN-10: 0253211107

ISBN-13: 9780253211101

Edition: 1997

Authors: John William Johnson, Thomas A. Hale, Stephen Belcher, John W. Johnson

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It seems incredible that heretofore there has not been an introductory anthology of African epics presented in English. Western literary culture has long emphasized the heritage of such well-known epics as the Iliad, the Odyssey, and Aeneid. But it is only recently that scholars have turned their attention toward capturing the rich oral tradition that is still alive in Africa. The twenty-five excerpts in this volume have been selected and introduced so as to offer English-speaking readers a broad sample of the extensive epic traditions in Africa. The general introduction and the background on each epic will enable readers to understand the context of each epic and will also provide leads…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 4/22/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

JOHN WILLIAM JOHNSON is Associate Professor of Folklore at Indiana University and the author of two books and many articles on Somali and Mande linguistics and folklore.

Thomas A. Hale is Liberal Arts Professor of African, French, and Comparative Literature at The Pennsylvania State University. He is editor of The Epic of Askia Mohammed (IUP, 1996) and co-editor (with John William Johnson and Stephen Belcher) of Oral Epics from Africa (IUP, 1997).

Introduction: The Oral Epic in Africa
Soninke Epics
The Epic of Wagadu
Mande Epics
The Epic of Son-Jara (Maninka)
The Epic of Fa-Jigi (Wasulunka)
The Epic of Bamana Segu (Bamana)
The Epic of Sonsan of Kaarta (Bamana)
The Epic of Almami Samori Toure (Bamana)
The Epic of Musadu (Maninka)
The Epic of Kelefa Saane (Mandinka)
The Epic of Kambili (Wasulunka)
The Epic of Sara (Maninka)
Songhay and Zarma Epics
The Epic of Askia Mohammed
The Epic of Mali Bero
The Epic of Issa Korombe
Fulbe Epics
The Epic of Hambodedio and Saigalare
The Epic of Silamaka and Poullori
The Epic of Silamaka and Hambodedio
The Epic of Samba Gueladio Diegui
Wolof Epics
The Epic of Njaajaan Njaay
The Epic of Lat Dior
Egyptian Epics
The Epic of the Bani Hilal: The Birth of the Horo Abu Zayd. I. (Northern Egypt)
The Epic of Bani Hilal: The Birth of Abu Zayd. II (Southern Egypt)
Central African Epics
The Epic of Mvet Moneblum, or The Blue Man
The Epic of Jeki la Njambe Inono
baNyanga Epics of Zaire
The Mwindo Epic
The Epic of Kahindo