Oral Epics From Africa / Edition 1

Oral Epics From Africa / Edition 1

by John William Johnson, Thomas A. Hale
     
 

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

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Overview

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 for further inquiry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253211101
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Series:
African Epic Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.07(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Oral Epic in Africa
Soninke Epics3
1The Epic of Wagadu4
Mande Epics8
2The Epic of Son-Jara (Maninka)11
3The Epic of Fa-Jigi (Wasulunka)23
4The Epic of Bamana Segu (Bamana)34
5The Epic of Sonsan of Kaarta (Bamana)50
6The Epic of Almami Samori Toure (Bamana)68
7The Epic of Musadu (Maninka)80
8The Epic of Kelefa Saane (Mandinka)92
9The Epic of Kambili (Wasulunka)100
10The Epic of Sara (Maninka)114
Songhay and Zarma Epics124
11The Epic of Askia Mohammed126
12The Epic of Mali Bero133
13The Epic of Issa Korombe140
Fulbe Epics147
14The Epic of Hambodedio and Saigalare149
15The Epic of Silamaka and Poullori162
16The Epic of Silamaka and Hambodedio172
17The Epic of Samba Gueladio Diegui185
Wolof Epics200
18The Epic of Njaajaan Njaay201
19The Epic of Lat Dior211
Egyptian Epics227
20The Epic of the Bani Hilal: The Birth of the Horo Abu Zayd. I. (Northern Egypt)228
21The Epic of Bani Hilal: The Birth of Abu Zayd. II (Southern Egypt)240
Central African Epics255
22The Epic of Mvet Moneblum, or The Blue Man257
23The Epic of Jeki la Njambe Inono274
baNyanga Epics of Zaire285
24The Mwindo Epic286
25The Epic of Kahindo294
Bibliography303
Index315

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