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Cajun and Creole Folktales

The French Oral Tradition of South Louisiana

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This teeming compendium of tales assembles and classifies the abundant lore and storytelling prevalent in the French culture of southern Louisiana. This is the largest, most diverse, and best annotated collection of French-language tales ever published in the United States. Side by side are dual-language retellings--the Cajun French and its English translation--along with insightful commentaries. This volume reveals the long and lively heritage of the Louisiana folktale among French Creoles and Cajuns and shows how tale-telling in Louisiana through the years has remained vigorous and constantly changing. Some of the best storytellers of the present day are highlighted in biographical sketches and are identified by some of their best tales. Their repertory includes animal stories, magic stories, jokes, tall tales, Pascal (improvised) stories, and legendary tales--all of them colorful examples of Louisiana narrative at its best. Though greatly transformed since the French arrived on southern soil, the French oral tradition is alive and flourishing today. It is even more complex and varied than has been shown in previous studies, for revealed here are African influences as well as others that have been filtered from America's multicultural mainstream.

Author Biography

Barry Jean Ancelet, a professor of French and Francophone studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, is the author of many books about the French culture of southern Louisiana, including Cajun Country and Cajun and Creole Music Makers: Musiciens cadiens et creoles.
Release date NZ
September 1st, 1994
Contributor
Compiled by Barry Jean Ancelet
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Lean Marketing Press
Pages
300
Dimensions
178x254x15
ISBN-13
9780878057092
Product ID
1835018

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