Imagined Performances: Comoran Folktales

Lee Haring
Forthcoming in 2018


Imagined Performances: Comoran Folktales
Lee Haring | Forthcoming 2018
World Oral Literature Series, vol. 10 | ISSN: 2050-7933 (Print); 2054-362X (Online)
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-78374-575-3
ISBN Hardback: 978-1-78374-576-0
ISBN Digital (PDF): 978-1-78374-577-7
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 978-1-78374-578-4
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 978-1-78374-579-1
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0154

Lee Haring is Professor Emeritus of English at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the recepient of the 2013 American Folklore Society Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award. He specializes in the oral literatures of the Indian Ocean islands, and his Malagasy Tale Index is a standard reference work in the field. He has conducted folklore fieldwork in Kenya, Madagascar, and Mauritius. In Verbal Arts in Madagascar he mapped the interrelations of the island’s riddles, proverbs, poetry, and oratory. His book Stars and Keys: Folk-tales and Creolization in the Indian Ocean shows the cultural interrelations of five sets of islands – Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, the Comoros, and Seychelles – through translating and commenting on over a hundred stories. In Mauritius he has published the bilingual field manual Collecting Folklore in Mauritius in English and Kreol; in India he has published two tale collections. With OBP he has published How to Read a Folktale: The ‘Ibonia’ Epic from Madagascar (2013). He has taught in graduate folklore programs at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Connecticut.