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Oral Epics From Africa - 97 edition

Oral Epics From Africa (ISBN10: 0253211107; ISBN13: 9780253211101)
ISBN13: 978-0253211101
ISBN10: 0253211107

This edition has also been released as:
ISBN13: 978-0253332578
ISBN10: 0253332575

Summary: 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 re ...show moreaders 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. ...show less

Edition/Copyright: 97
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 04/01/1997
International: No



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