African Folktales (Folkloristics) (Paperback)

By William W. Bascom

Indiana University Press, 9780253207364, 272pp.

Publication Date: November 22, 1992

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"These essays... are of immense importance to anyone interested in the issues of origins and folklore texts." --Choice

"... this is Bascom at his best.... an attractive and full-bodied book." --Fabula

These essays, devoted to traditional narratives found in Africa and in the New World, represent the last major research project of William Bascom (1912-1981), eminent authority on African art and folklore--his intention was to demonstrate the African roots of African American folktales.

About the Author

WILLIAM BASCOM (1912-1981) was Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Robert L. Lowie Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. The author of Ifa Divination and Sixteen Cowries, he co-authored Continuity and Change in African Cultures and A Handbook of West African Art.