Oral Epics from Africa

Oral Epics from Africa

Vibrant Voices from a Vast Continent
Edited by John William Johnson, Thomas A. Hale, and Stephen Belcher
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/1/1997
ISBN: 978-0-253-11299-6
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1999
“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.

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