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African Tales
Compiled by Harold Scheub


A stunning collection from storytellers throughout Africa

The latest work from Harold Scheub, one of the world's leading scholars of African folktales, is the broadest collection yet assembled with tales from the entire continent of Africa, north to south. It brings together mythic, fantastic, and coming-of-age tales, some transcribed more than a hundred years ago, others dating to modern-day Africa. Scheub includes the work of storytellers from major African language groups, as well as many storytellers whose work is not often heard outside of Africa. This anthology offers a classroom-ready collection that should appeal to any scholar of African literature and culture. Realizing that these tales are a dying art, Scheub writes for everyone, bringing an oral tradition to life in written form.

Harold Scheub is the Evjue-Bascom Professor of Humanities in the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author of many books, including Story, The Poem in the Story, The Tongue Is Fire: South African Storytellers and Apartheid, and he is the editor of The World and the Word, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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an old photo of an African woman gesturing is split and paired to evoke the storyteller

April 2005
LC: 2004025639 GR
368 pp. 6 x 9
15 b/w photos

   
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