Storytelling in Northern Zambia: Theory, Method, Practice and Other Necessary Fictions - cover image

Book Series

Copyright

Robert Cancel

Published On

2013-07-15

ISBN

Paperback978-1-909254-59-6
Hardback978-1-909254-60-2
PDF978-1-909254-61-9
HTML978-1-80064-460-1
EPUB978-1-909254-62-6
MOBI978-1-909254-63-3

Language

  • English

Print Length

294 pages (xviii + 276)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 16 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.62" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 17 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.69" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback918g (32.38oz)
Hardback1300g (45.86oz)

Media

Illustrations30

OCLC Number

878145068

LCCN

2019467800

BIC

  • JHMC
  • JFHF
  • 2H

BISAC

  • LIT004010
  • SOC002010
  • SOC011000

LCC

  • LB1042

Keywords

  • Zambian stories
  • storytelling
  • oral history
  • oral literature
  • African folklore studies
  • African storytelling
  • Bemba language
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Storytelling in Northern Zambia

Theory, Method, Practice and Other Necessary Fictions

  • Robert Cancel (author)
  • Mark Turin (foreword by)
More than just a book, Storytelling in Northern Zambia lets you watch videos of the storytellers while you read. Storytelling plays an important part in the vibrant cultural life of Zambia and in many other communities across Africa. This innovative book provides a collection and analysis of oral narrative traditions as practiced by five Bemba-speaking ethnic groups in Zambia. The integration of newly digitalised audio and video recordings into the text enables the reader to encounter the storytellers themselves and hear their narratives as they were recounted during Robert Cancel’s research trips to Zambia. Robert Cancel's thorough critical interpretation, combined with these newly digitalised audio and video materials, makes Storytelling in Northern Zambia a much needed addition to the slender corpus of African folklore studies that deal with storytelling performance. Cancel threads his way between the complex demands of African fieldwork studies, folklore theory, narrative modes, reflexive description and simple documentation and succeeds in bringing to the reader a set of performers and their performances that are vivid, varied and instructive. He illustrates this living narrative tradition with a wide range of examples, and highlights the social status of narrators and the complex local identities that are at play. Cancel’s innovative study tells us not only about storytelling but sheds light on the study of oral literatures throughout Africa and beyond. Its innovative format, meanwhile, explores new directions in the integration of primary source material into scholarly texts. This book is part of our World Oral Literature Series in conjunction with the World Oral Literature Project.

Table of Contents

Audio-Visual Resources

Acknowledgements

Foreword by Mark Turin

I. Writing Oral Narrative: The Role and Description of Self in Recording Living Traditions

II. The Tabwa Context: Mature Shifting of Frames and Adolescent Assertion

III. Chiefs, Tricksters and Christians: Bemba Tales and Lessons

IV. Bisa Storytelling: The Politics of Hunting, Beer-Drinks, and Elvis

V. Telling Tales While Keeping Secrets: Two Lunda Storytelling Sessions

VI. Stories on Demand: A Performance Session Among the Bwile

VII. Conclusion: Lessons from Frozen Moments

Works cited

Index


Contributors

Robert Cancel

(author)
Associate Professor of African and Comparative Literature at University of California, San Diego

Mark Turin

(foreword by)