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Oral Epics From Africa

Oral Epics From Africa - 97 edition

Oral Epics From Africa - 97 edition

ISBN13: 9780253211101

ISBN10: 0253211107

Oral Epics From Africa by John W. Johnson, Thomas A. Hale and Stephen  Eds. Belcher - ISBN 9780253211101
Edition: 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published:
International: No
Oral Epics From Africa by John W. Johnson, Thomas A. Hale and Stephen  Eds. Belcher - ISBN 9780253211101

ISBN13: 9780253211101

ISBN10: 0253211107


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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 readers 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.