Allegories of the Wilderness

Allegories of the Wilderness

Ethics and Ambiguity in Kuranko Narratives
Michael Jackson
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/1/1982
ISBN: 978-0-253-11375-7
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“ . . . a model of judiciousness and integrative analysis . . . ” —Research in African Literatures

Poet and anthropologist Michael Jackson brings to this study of the folktales of the Kuranko people of Sierra Leone a sensitivity to the philosophical nuances of literature.

Author Bio

Michael D. Jackson is Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. His many books include Lifeworlds: Essays in Existential Anthropology; Between One and One Another; Road Markings: An Anthropologist in the Antipodes; and Things As They Are: New Directions in Phenomenological Anthropology (IUP, 1996).

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction
2. Form and Play in Kuranko Fiction
3. During a Time of Great Hunger
4. Hare and Hyena
5. Prevented Transitions
6. Reciprocities
7. Men and Women
8. Co-Wives, Orphans, and Miraculous Interventions
9. Directions

Glossary of Kuranko Words
List of Narratives