African Histories and Modernities

The Transmission of Kapsiki-Higi Folktales over Two Generations

Tales That Come, Tales That Go

Authors: van Beek, Walter E.A.

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  • Explores the folktales of the Kapsiki-Higi people in a comparative analysis across generations and among various African cultures
  • Provides answers to important questions of memory and cultural studies of African peoples
  • Uses historical, anthropological, and literary analysis in a unique approach and examination of transnational African culture
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This study on Kapsiki-Higi tales compares two corpuses of stories collected over two generations. In this oral setting, folktales appear much more dynamic than usually assumed, depending on genre, performance and the memory characteristics of the tales themselves. In northeastern Nigeria the author collected these tales twice with a time gap of two generations, in order to assess the dynamics of this oral transmission. The comparison between the two corpuses shows that folktales are a much more dynamic cultural system than is usually thought. These dynamics affect some types of tales more than others, reflect social change and intergroup contact, but also depend on characteristics of the tales themselves. Cognitive approaches of memory shed light on these varieties of transmission, as do performance aspects in tale telling, in particular ideophones.

About the authors

Walter E.A. van Beek is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology of Religion at Tilburg University and Leiden University, the Netherlands, and has performed extensive fieldwork among the Kapsiki-Higi. His recent publications are The Dancing Dead. Ritual and Religion among the Kapsiki/Higi (2012) and The Forge and the Funeral; the Smith in Kapsiki/Higi Culture (2015).  

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Transmission of Kapsiki-Higi Folktales over Two Generations
Book Subtitle
Tales That Come, Tales That Go
Authors
Series Title
African Histories and Modernities
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59485-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59485-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-94927-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95889-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 170
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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