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Book Title: African Folktales|
The author of the book: Roger D. Abrahams
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Date of issue: August 3rd 2011
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While I usually shelve myths-folklore as fiction, I'm labeling this one non-fiction because of the introductory material about collection and transcription of oral traditions.
I read this in college for a course on myths and folklore, and I enjoyed most of it even while noting that it could have used a lot more authentic input and a lot less Ivy Tower attitude. The professor for the course was very critical of it, but thought it was worth reading because of the information in the introduction and, as she said with some chagrin, it was one of the few books on the topic at that time that was widely available and didn't cost more than a semester's tuition.
It's worth a read if one is interested in non-European folklore, but it's definitely from a white western perspective. I would hope there is something out there by now that represents the material better.
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