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Matengo Folktales

Joseph L. Mbele (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-0028-6 ©1999
Price: $13.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 142 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology

This book presents English translations of 10 folk tales from Southern Tanzania which the author recorded in the mid-1970’s. ‘Matengo’ is the author’s mother tongue and, in addition to the English translations of the folk tales, there are some songs presented in the original Matengo as well. Covering a wide range of themes and styles, these translated folk tales help the reader appreciate the stories in their original cultural context. Also found within is an essay on folklore in general, and a commentary is provided on each story. Both the layman and the college student can enjoy this book.

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Customer Reviews

  Matengo Folktales: highly recommended , 06/28/2004
Reviewer: Professor Robert Cancel
Matengo Folktales_ is an excellent, inexpensive, and reliable collection of tales told in an oral context. I have ordered it myself for a course in African oral literature. Casual and serious readers will benefit from what the book has to offer. Mbele's approachable and concise style of commentary is informative and convincing. This deceptively modest work is an admirable contribution to the literature on African oral narrative traditions."" (Professor Robert Cancel, _The Literary Griot_).

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  ...would please any literature teacher , 06/28/2004
Reviewer: Professor Cynthia Ward
The tales themselves are entertaining....Mbele's commentaries, many of which are longer than the tales they discuss, analyze literary devices such as conflict, characterization, and theme to produce close readings that would please any literature teacher."" (Professor Cynthia Ward, _Marvels and Tales_).

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  useful reading , 06/28/2004
Reviewer: Professors N. Kagendo Mutua and Beth Swadener
We were pleased to read _Matengo Folktales_....In summary, we feel that _Matengo Folktales_ is a useful reading in teacher education courses, as well as in K-12 classrooms. It can also be used as an introduction to oral storytelling in African, s well as other, cultural contexts."" (Professors N. Kagendo Mutua and Beth Swadener, _Multicultural Perspectives_).

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