TITLE

Transformations of the African Folktale: Towards a Poetics for Authentic Adaptation

AUTHOR(S)
Ukala, Sam
PUB. DATE
September 2010
SOURCE
African Performance Review;2010, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p23
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
There are two broad kinds of transformation of the traditional content and performance of the African folktale in postcolonial Africa: auto-transformation and adaptation. The first is transformation from within the cultures that own the tales; the second is transformation from the standpoint of the outsider. This paper examines auto-transformation from the perspectives of language, subject matter and form and adaptation from the sensitive and insensitive adapter perspectives. The adaptations are the assessed against the traditional conventions of folktale composition, which Alex Olrik has crystalized into "Epic Laws of Folk Narrative", and the traditional conventions of folktale performance, which Sam Ukala has crystallized into "Eight Laws of Aesthetic Response". From these sets of laws emerges, perhaps, a poetics for reliable and authentic adaptation of the content and form of the African folktale
ACCESSION #
82084347

 

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