“Thompson’s movement between local and global discourses demonstrates the importance of a phenomenon that could otherwise be viewed as exotic ethnographic trivia, while her theoretical orientation makes the text as relevant to linguistic anthropologists as to African studies scholars. Especially important is her understanding that marginalized individuals in Zanzibar do offer social critique.
— African Studies Review
“A well-researched and well-documented addition to the body of knowledge on local legends and their global manifestations.”
— Journal of Folklore Research
“While Popobawa surely belong to one of the most interesting African legends, Katrina Daly Thompson, instead of asking where the story originated, asks about how people talk about this trickster and what these conversations really mean.”
— Claudia Boehme, University of Trier
“Katrina Daly Thompson emphasizes the importance of understanding African cultural texts in relation to both local and global contexts. The result is a fascinating study that moves in a compelling dialectic from the general to the specific and back again, entrancing and enlightening the reader in equal measure.”
— Martin Walsh, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge