Oral Epics from Africa Vibrant Voices from a Vast Continent

by John William Johnson

Part of the African Epic Series

Oral Epics from Africa Vibrant Voices from a Vast Continent Synopsis

The editors... must be congratulated... Long live the African storytellers! -Africa Today It is difficult to imagine a more practical introduction to contemporary African epic than this anthology... no other single volume comprehends the full scope of African epic (as opposed to praise poetry) the way this one does.... The stories are engaging, and the free-verse translations are surprisingly readable.... Recommended for all academic collections. -Choice Western culture traces its literary heritage to such well-known epics as the Iliad and the Odyssey and Gilgamesh. But it is only recently that scholars have turned their attention toward capturing the rich oral tradition that is still alive in Africa today. These 25 selections introduce English-speaking readers to the extensive epic traditions in Africa.

Oral Epics from Africa Vibrant Voices from a Vast Continent Press Reviews

The editors ... must be congratulated ... Long live the African storytellers! Africa Today It is difficult to imagine a more practical introduction to contemporary African epic than this anthology ... no other single volume comprehends the full scope of African epic (as opposed to praise poetry) the way this one does... The stories are engaging, and the free-verse translations are surprisingly readable... Recommended for all academic collections. Choice

Book Information

ISBN: 9780253211101
Publication date: 1st April 1997
Author: John William Johnson
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 356 pages
Categories: Oral history, Folklore, myths & legends,

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