Oral Epics From Africa / Edition 1

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Overview

"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.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253211101
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: African Epic Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Oral Epic in Africa
Soninke Epics 3
1 The Epic of Wagadu 4
Mande Epics 8
2 The Epic of Son-Jara (Maninka) 11
3 The Epic of Fa-Jigi (Wasulunka) 23
4 The Epic of Bamana Segu (Bamana) 34
5 The Epic of Sonsan of Kaarta (Bamana) 50
6 The Epic of Almami Samori Toure (Bamana) 68
7 The Epic of Musadu (Maninka) 80
8 The Epic of Kelefa Saane (Mandinka) 92
9 The Epic of Kambili (Wasulunka) 100
10 The Epic of Sara (Maninka) 114
Songhay and Zarma Epics 124
11 The Epic of Askia Mohammed 126
12 The Epic of Mali Bero 133
13 The Epic of Issa Korombe 140
Fulbe Epics 147
14 The Epic of Hambodedio and Saigalare 149
15 The Epic of Silamaka and Poullori 162
16 The Epic of Silamaka and Hambodedio 172
17 The Epic of Samba Gueladio Diegui 185
Wolof Epics 200
18 The Epic of Njaajaan Njaay 201
19 The Epic of Lat Dior 211
Egyptian Epics 227
20 The Epic of the Bani Hilal: The Birth of the Horo Abu Zayd. I. (Northern Egypt) 228
21 The Epic of Bani Hilal: The Birth of Abu Zayd. II (Southern Egypt) 240
Central African Epics 255
22 The Epic of Mvet Moneblum, or The Blue Man 257
23 The Epic of Jeki la Njambe Inono 274
baNyanga Epics of Zaire 285
24 The Mwindo Epic 286
25 The Epic of Kahindo 294
Bibliography 303
Index 315
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